Nicholaston House Celtic Chapel

The Celtic Chapel at Nicholaston House

 The Celtic Chapel endorses the vision of the House. Completed in March 2010, it is built in medieval style by a well-known local sculptor and is available for private and corporate prayer and worship.

 

Guests are welcome to join with staff for a short devotional time in the Chapel at 9.45 a.m. each weekday morning. At other times, guests may request the Chapel key for personal devotional times.

Celtic Cross (on the roof)

Pink Jersey granite from the La Saline Quarry, near Ronez Point, on the north coast of Jersey in the parish of St John.

The quarry looks out to Guernsey, Sark and Alderney. It is a symbol of the journey of the Welsh Celtic Saint Samson, who was associated with healing, and went on to become a notable Breton Saint and is buried in Dol, Brittany, France, where there is a shrine to him. The granite was brought back by sea to Weymouth, then to Gower.

 

Door

Made from reclaimed Pitch Pine timber. Original timber used in the early 19th Century dockyard building in Chatham Dockyard, Kent. Probably grown in the Baltic in the late 18th Century.

 

Interior East Niche

Furnished with Northumberland sandstone Celtic cross. Stone taken to Holy Island, Lindisfarne, and blessed on the high altar of St Mary's church Lindisfarne.

 

Floor Slabs

Metamorphic limestone from Jerusalem called Ramon Stone. Symbolic of the Holy Land itself. The name Ramon is also linked by coincidence to Brother Ramon, the late Franciscan monk, who has a dedicated Hermitage in the grounds of Nicholaston House near this chapel.

 

Centre Floor Slab

Of golden stone from a small quarry in Bethlehem run by a Palestinian. It symbolises the birth place of our Lord Jesus Christ. The underside of the centre stone slab is carved with the folowing inscription:

 

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

 

Ceiling Centre Boss

A carved wooden pitch pine relief of the 'Star of Bethlehem'. Symbol of the 'star' over Bethlehem which guided the Magi, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, to the stable. The longer point of the star points to the north, towards the Aumbry cupboard on the wall.

 

The Aumbry

A small stone niche set into the North wall fitted with a lockable wooden pitch pine door with ironwork. This is the traditional place for such a cupboard where the Communion vessels and reserved sacrament are kept.

A small stone is set into the stone band beneath the Aumbry cupboard. The stone is carved into a rudimentary cross shape. It was picked up from under the waters of the Sea of Gallilee by David Dean and given to the chapel as a gift. It was there under the water when Christ walked on that water. It is here now.