Sunday, February 16, 2014

Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel
(3rd Floor Burrard Building)

St. Paul's Hospital Chapel
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel is on the 3rd floor of the Burrard Building of St. Pauls Hospital at 1018 Burrard St. in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  The double doors leading to the chapel each feature three red glass crosses.

The altar at the front of the chapel features a relief sculpture of  The Last Supper. On the wall behind the altar is a crucifix and in the right hand corner a statue of The Virgin Mary.

Altar-The Lord's Supper

The Virgin Mary-right front corner of chapel

Lining the west wall of the chapel, and opposite the doors are three sets of doubled windows.  The glass panes are multiple diamonds of opaque leaded glass.  The east and south walls of the chapel are lined with carved Stations of the Cross.

Station of the Cross-#5

In the rear of the chapel a pedestaled Holy Water Font sits next to the double entrance doors.  Statues of the Pieta and The Christ Child  line the east wall. And hanging from the east rear corner is a golden angel.



Services in the Chapel include: Roman Catholic Mass Monday through Thursday and Sundays with Confession before and after Mass and Anglican communion on Fridays.  All these services are at 12:30 pm.  "Spaces are available to persons of all faiths and religious traditions for prayer, meditation, and quiet reflection." (REF.)
"From the beginning, the sisters, staff and physicians of St. Paul’s were keenly interested in using the latest medical technology. The hospital became one of the first to have its own X-ray machine, circa 1906. By the 1970s, plans were in place to remake the 500-bed hospital to fulfill its new role as a provincial referral and tertiary care centre for specialty services, with the ability to respond to changing needs in community care.
"Now a renowned teaching hospital with a strong research focus, St. Paul’s Hospital is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for its work in the areas of heart disease, kidney disease, nutritional disorders, HIV/AIDS, and the care of the disadvantaged. 
St. Paul's Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
(Janet Wood painting)

"1843 – Sisters of Providence is founded in Montreal.
1894 – The congregation establishes St. Paul’s, a 25-bed compassionate care hospital.

1904 – A surge in Vancouver’s growth brought on by the Klondike gold rush allows for the first of many expansions, with the addition of 50 more beds. 

1906 – St. Paul’s becomes one of the first hospitals to have its own X-ray machine.

1907 – The School of Nursing at St. Paul’s Hospital is officially opened on September 1.

1914 – A modern fireproof structure with a new surgical department and 120 beds is added.

1931 – The North Wing is completed.

1945 – The South Wing is completed - combined with the North Wing this means an additional 500 beds.

1969 – The first lay administrator is hired and runs the hospital while the Sisters continue their involvement in the hospital and on the board.

1983 – The first 10-story tower is completed.
1991 – The second 10-story tower is completed." (Link )

Photos: Taken in Jan 2014 by SW.
Reference: "Care of the Human Spirit" pamphlet by Pastoral Care Services, Provindence Health Care.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

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