Springtime in Holland
After the Reformation Catholics were not allowed to
openly practice their faith. Many built churches in their houses and
this is one of the best examples of a house church.
was a Catholic and removed the top three floors of his new house to
build a church. Iron braces and tie beams on the galleries provided
extra strength. The church has been restored to what it would have been
like in 1862, when the second gallery was extended and a new altar
added. The pink paint colour dates from that period and was revealed by
peeling off layers of existing paint.
There are gas lights and rush mats are on the floor. The pews at the side were reserved for wealthy worshippers. Poorer members of the congregation sat in the galleries. To save space, the pulpit folded up into a cupboard to the left of the altar. It is now too fragile to be used except for Christmas Mass.
The painting above the altar shows the baptism of Jesus. Above is God the Father. It was painted fifty years after the church was completed. Altar paintings were designed to be changed at different times of the year. Two of the other altar paintings are displayed in the room behind the altar.
Behind the high altar is a small Lady Chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The statue of Mary standing on a crescent moon and crushing a serpent under her feet dates from 1690 and was carved for the church.
At the back of the church is a triptych dating from 1535. At the centre is Jesus in the arms of the Virgin Mary while St John and Nicodemus prepare his body for the tomb. On the left, Joseph of Arimathea holds the crown of thorns. On the right, Mary Magdalene holds pot of ointment.
At the back of the church, a steep staircase leads up to the gallery with the organ keyboard. The organ was built in 1794 for the church. The bellows are in a cupboard by the window.
The stairs continue up to the attic with good views down to the church.
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