by Michelle Y. Hyun
St. Ignatius Church
650 Parker Ave @ Fulton
San Francisco, 94118
New audiences to contemporary art and new experiences to parishioners converge at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius. Inside the “Jesuit Baroque” cathedral, built 1910-1914, the drama of art and religion come alive during the Penitential Rite, in hearing “Gloria in excelsis”, or during the Great Amen in the later half of the service. Curious voyeurs and Catholics alike will find mesmerizing, not only the sacred ceremony of the Eucharist - incense still lingering from the Offering, but also the flashes of video light reflected against the glass doors of the gallery to the right of the heavily ornamented knave. Don’t miss the Stations of the Cross oil paintings above the entrances to the side chapels, giving visualization through concrete imagery of spiritual reflection – an emphasis in Jesuit spirituality.
(Images, from top to bottom: Sanctuary at St. Ignatius Cathedral. Exterior view, St. Ignatius Cathedral. Images courtesy of St. Ignatius Church.)