12-The Sanctuary Gate

12-The Sanctuary Gate

Ezekiel 1:10 As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle.
Isaiah 6:2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."
Revelation 4:6 And round the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:  7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" 

Traditions of the Catholic church assign these celestial creatures to the Gospels of Matthew (The Human), Mark (The Lion), Luke (The Ox), and John (The Eagle).

The gate also reminds us of the curtain of the Jewish temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple. In our case, the gate separates the tabernacle, the new Holy of Holies, from the rest of the sanctuary. 

The corpus on the crucifix comes from our old church, Sacred Heart. We have added statues of St John the Beloved and Our Lady of Sorrows at the foot of the crucifix.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus) Holy, holy, holy, Lord, GOD of power and might. 
Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna to GOD in the highest. 

Psalm 150:1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! 
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his exceeding greatness! 
3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 
4 Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!