The Chapel follows the classical design inspired by the early Christian basilicas of Rome, with soaring proportions, unseen in Chapels of today. Both red and blue colours reminiscent of the mediaeval tradition have been used to great effect in the Chapel. The vivid blue colour used on the soaring 12 metre-high ceiling symbolises the vault of heaven and the mantle of Mary. It is also the blue of the ceiling of St Mary’s Cathedral. All external doors and shutters of the Chapel are red symbolising the blood of Christ and tying back to the old Jewish tradition of Passover when red was painted over the front door of homes.
Much thought has gone into the fit-out for this special place of reflection and there are many original items of art and sculpture which will adorn the interior.
The solid altar of finest botticino marble is the centre and focus not only of the chapel itself, but of the whole complex. It is the place where, as the Second Vatican Council taught, we find the source and summit of the whole Christian Life. It is carved with the monogram of Christ (the letters X - in Greek, Chi - and P - in Greek, Rho - the first two letters of Christ's name). During its dedication it will be anointed with chrism, signifying that it will be a sign of the Anointed One. We too are anointed to bring the Gospel to the world of our time.
The whole Salvation history is depicted on the altar backdrop, a series of gilded frescoes created by Italian artists of the Neocatechumenate Way – a hand finished copy of the artist Kiko Arguella’s work. Again we see the use of reds and blues in this unique representation of the story of Christ.
Hanging in the high space of the sanctuary, there will be a monumental crucifix in the Romanesque tradition. The figure of Christ Crucified combines the reality of the suffering and death of the Lord with the quiet majesty of the King who rose victorious from the tomb. It will invite us to enter into the celebration of the Eucharist where the saving power of this mystery is made present for us.
The Stations of the Cross are framed in beautifully ornate timber frames created by students of the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College.
Sound System in the Chapel
Speaker coverage for audience and choir area
- 12 Microphone Inputs
- 12 Line Level Inputs (for CD, iPod, Musical instruments)
- CD player
- iPod Dock
- 2 radio microphone kits with lapel and hand held microphones
- Touch screen control system managing all facets of the AV system