I have lived in Dublin for many years, I am a Catholic and have attended Mass at many churches.
The church of the St Augustine & St Catherine in Thomas Street (Known all over Dublin as "Johns Lane church" after the ancient lane running at the side of the church building) is magnificent to behold both from without and from within.
The church was designed by Pugin and has a wonderfullly tall bell tower which rings out its tunes melodiously over the Dublin rooftops and can be seen from a great distance.
Once inside the church one is overcome with reverence and awe for the beauty of the interior of this house of God.
The magnificent marble altar reredos ( the towered structure rising behind the High Altar) is one of the most beautiful pieces of marble craftmanship it is possible to see anywhere in europe.
This altar is a jewel of Dublin and is lovingly tended and honoured by parishioners.
To the left of the High Altar is the altar and picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel, again beautifully decorated and always with people in prayer and lighting candles in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To the right of the High Altar is the altar & shrine of St Rita of Cascia, Patroness of Hopeless Causes. Many miracles have been wrought through her powerful prayers to God and the votive offerings in thanksgiving to her from people far & wide surround the altar.
I hope if you are near Thomas Street which is only a short walk from Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, you will pop in to kneel and say a prayer and behold the beauty of the marble reredos and the reflect on the beauty of Gods creation and the faith of those who built this wonder to the Glory of God and not man.
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