Augie Art Tour 1d – Our Savior’s Lutheran – Chancel Ascension Mural

The Sanctuary of Our Savior’s Lutheran is important for Augustana College as we usually use it for the Opening Convocation ceremony. It is well worth a visit during the day because, when not in use, the sanctuary is kept dim, with natural light flooding in from the chancel and trickling in through the walls, invoking the mysterious and sacred.
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The chancel is a tall white brick wall, invoking holiness and purity. The chancel mural depicts the resurrection of Christ:
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Chancel Ascension Mural
Designed by Bob Aldern
assisted by R. P. Child,
lettering by Herm Griller

Christ is the central figure, with two ‘spiritual beings’ proclaiming to the thirteen people below:

MEN  OF  GALILEE  WHY  DO YOU
STAND LOOKING  INTO HEAVEN
THIS  JESUS  WHO  WAS  TAKEN
UP   FROM   YOU  INTO   HEAVEN
WILL  COME  IN  THE  SAME  WAY
YOU SAW HIM GO INTO HEAVEN
(Acts 1:11)

The thirteen include the eleven remaining disciples plus Jesus’ mother Mary and Mary Magdeline. When you are finished taking in mural, turn around and appreciate the organ. The balcony is usually decorated with banners from the appropriate part of the church year.

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After you’re finished here, we’ll be crossing the street the Gilbert Science Center. As we cross 33rd, we’ll be taking a quick look back at the last entry for Our Savior’s Lutheran.

Next Stop:
Our Savior’s Lutheran – Faith, Hope and Love

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The Chancel Ascension Mural can be found at:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

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