Rue de France 1
7642 Calonne (Antoing)
01 January - 31 December
Mon 9.00 - 15.30
Tue 9.00 - 15.30
Wed 9.00 - 15.30
Thu 9.00 - 15.30
Fri 9.00 - 15.30
Sat 9.00 - 16.00
Sun 9.00 - 16.00
Saturday 5 pm(Every other Saturday)
The church is on a promontory just two paces from the Escaut. It’s a neogothic building dating from 1843 but it was renovated in 1997. The church is open daily and due to new lighting and repainting and fresh flowers it is very welcoming.
The chancel is especially warm thanks to the predominance of light oak on the altar and on the pews along the side. Among the statues is one of Saint Eloi.
With cross and cherub head base dated 1889, carboniferous limestone copper cover.
Stained-glass window in the nave is by Couke from Bruges. In the side aisles, scenes from the life of St. Eloi.
(a) Elooi stands trial before King Dagobert
(b) Elooi buys back Sint Tillon
(c) The consecration of Saint Eloi
(d) Saint Eloi converts the population of the Tournai region
Late 16th century. Typical of the Dutch period, characterized by flat-headed cherubs, rather than round and grotesque. Comes from St Piat church in Tournai. The instrument was emptied of its content in the 19th century.
Major altar, the antependium with monogram of Jesus. Altar table with mystical Delta and eye of God. Was offered by French officers after the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. On the tabernacle: a triumphant child carrying a banner, ears and grapes, silver gilded wood and mirrors.
Christ sits on a throne of glory holding the Book of Life. It is surrounded by four figures symbolically representing the four evangelists, described in the visions of certain prophets of the Old Testament who announce the end of time, such as Ezekiel, Daniel, and for the New Testament the Apocalypse of Saint John.
It is especially in Matt. ch. 25 that the iconography refers mainly to illustrate the Parousia of Christ. The four figures that surround Christ are called tetramorphs:
The eagle is assimilated to Saint John whose gospel and especially the prologue reveals a very acute and profound vision of the mystery of the person of Christ.
Man is assimilated to Saint Matthew whose gospel begins with the genealogy of Christ, in which the genealogy of humanity is part.
The bull is likened to Saint Luke whose gospel reveals God's forgiveness and mercy for his people, of whom Christ becomes the priest.
The lion is likened to St. Mark, whose gospel begins with the call from the desert of St. John the Baptist, who is preparing for the coming of the Lion of Judah.
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