Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Lady of the New Millennium and the Lira Ensemble

The Baker and I joined friends this past Sunday for an afternoon of Polish Christmas music by Chicago's Lira Ensemble.  The performance was at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. John, IN.  The Lira singers and orchestra were outstanding.  I wish I could have captured them and their music to share.  Although the audience was not told to refrain from taking photos, I thought it would be more respectful if I just listened and enjoyed.  I can share with you the beautiful Madonna that presently resides to the side of the church parking area.

Decades ago, at the age of nine, Carl Demma, a liquor store owner and devout Catholic from Oak Lawn,  said to his mother, "I will build a statue so big that all of Chicago will see her".  He was speaking of the Virgin Mary.  He saw that dream become a reality a little over ten years ago.

The statue is constructed of stainless steel, is approximately 33 feet tall and weighs 8, 400 pounds.  Knowing those facts, I did not expect to see such a lovely countenance.


The soft folds of her cloak.

Her open hands that seem so very welcoming.

Her gentle features.


Our Lady of the New Millennium will be moved down the gently sloping hill to the Shrine of Christ's Passion located on Rt. 41 as soon as a permanent spot is ready to welcome her.