Hand-painted icon of Christ the Teacher

This painting is done in the style of the Byzantine art on a block of light wood and embellished with gold-leaf. Byzantine art was developed from the arts of the Roman Empire. It was created mainly for the Eastern Orthodox church. This art style was highly influenced by ancient Greek and Egyptian art, and mostly concerned with religious expression. One …

Tertium Millennium Crucifix

The words ‘tertium millennium’ refer to the 3rd millennium after Christ.  It is derived from Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic letter entitled “Tertio Millennio Adveniente”, which proclaimed a jubilee year (Holy Year) for Christians worldwide in 2000 AD (Anno Domine). The tertium millennium crucifix is meant to express God’s eternity. It represents the belief that “Jesus Christ is the same …

Dual-function gold chalice and ciborium

Dual-function gold chalice and ciborium. The chalice occupies first place among the sacred vessels used for the celebration of the Mass. Such is its importance that the existing law dictates that the chalice be made out of precious metal (only gold or silver ought to be used). Any other substance is not considered worthy of the Holy Sacrifice of the …

Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. It is also known as the Benemerenti Medal (Cross of Honour or Decoration of Honour). The medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice was instituted by Pope Leo XIII on 17 July 1888 to commemorate his golden …

Metal stamp of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

This is a 3.9cm x 3.9cm x 2.3cm metal stamp bearing the Latin words “Ecclesia St Petri et St Pauli”, which translates to “Church of Saints Peter and Paul”. It is nailed to a wooden block. The Church of Saints Peter and Paul was built and completed in 1870, to serve the linguistic and social needs of the growing Chinese …

Ornate small cast-iron chest

Ornate cast-iron small chest with intricate carvings of Chinese designs on all sides on the exterior and turquoise silk lining inside. A flower carved into the lid, cushion-lined with a key-lock and appliqued wood bottom.  At some point, it was used as a tabernacle.

Chalice of Fr Anton Schotte

Chalice with a gold bowl and silver base. Inscription on the base: SANGUIS CHRISTI IPSO PARENTUM IN CALICE QUOTIDIE LIBETUR (“He drinks daily the blood of Christ the Father from the chalice”) R.P. ANT SCHOTTE CICM ORDAINED IN 1928. The chalice is a sacred vessel and is often referred to as though it were synonymous with the Precious Blood itself. …

Priests Quarters, 225A Queen Street Metal Sign Plate

A metal sign plate that reads “METER. PRIESTS’ QUARTERS 225-A QUEEN ST” A metal sign plate that reads “METER. PRIESTS’ QUARTERS 225-A QUEEN ST” Black background, silver words. 25cm x 20cm. 225A Queen Street was the address of the former Parochial House, located on the premises of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. This would have been the signboard …

Ceramic Holy Water Dispenser

Ceramic holy water dispenser with the Latin words “Do Domine Virtutem Manibus Meis” which means “Give, Lord, Holiness To My Hands”. In polychrome overglaze which is slightly cracked. Metal tap is loose and rusted, and lid is missing. 25.5cm (L) x 25.5ccm (H) x 13cm (B). Holy water is used for blessing for three reasons: As a sign of repentance …

Brass Aspergillium

An aspergillum (or aspergil) is used to sprinkle holy water. The name is derived from the Latin verb aspergere meaning ‘to sprinkle’. Although some have internal reservoirs that dispense holy water when shaken, this one must periodically be dipped in an aspersorium (holy water bucket, also called a ‘situla’ by art historians). A description of the original type of aspergillum …