History

Upon the Occasion of the Celebration of 89 Years for

St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church and Honoring Its Elders

Finished and dedicated on October 12, 1924, our beautiful church, St. Ignatius Loyola is 89 years old!  Look about you at the oldest and the newest. She remains a rich symbol for us, the people of God. Those twin spires of Loyola are lights in the heart of the city of Denver. St. Ignatius Loyola Church graces us and teaches us as soon as we enter her doors

Just inside the east doors of the church is the baptismal font. Here, each Christian is reborn as a child of God through the water and words of Baptism. The flowing or living water represents a source of life and cleansing. So here, just inside the doors of the church, our Christian life and journey begin in the waters of baptism.

The altar, the symbol of Christ himself ever present, more than a work of art, the altar is an image of the Lord himself, the table of his supper, the altar on which he shed his blood, and a symbol of us and of our sacrifices united with the Lord’s.

The ambo or pulpit, the second most important object in the church, for it is here that the priest, deacon and lectors proclaim God’s word to us, and the smaller lectern used for leading us in the prayers and petitions of the people

Our reconciliation room is located close to the baptismal font because these are the two places where our sins are forgiven through the sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation.

Note our shrines especially the alcove on the north side of the church, a bronze statue depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus, holding his broken body that has just been removed from the cross. A gracious place to pray, reflect and meditate, it reminds us that as we share in his suffering and death, we can also share in the glory of the resurrection.

Finally, our magnificent stained glass windows consecrate us abundantly. Five stained glass windows are located in the sanctuary area at the west of the main body of the church— depicting the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.  Our newer windows of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior tell the story of the first Holy Eucharist and the great sacrifice of the innocent lamb, and this leads us to the larger window in the west end of the nave depicting the Ascension of the Lord into heaven. Does it not look even brighter and more beautiful since its needed repairs have been completed? The newest and largest window in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola depicts the patron saint of the church and the seal of the Society of Jesus. This is indeed “All to the Greater Glory of God.”

But never mind all that. Do you remember walking into this holy place for the first time 60 years ago, 50, 40, 30, 5 years, or 1 year ago or last week or today? Our elders on whose shoulders we stand can tell you of the brides who walked down this beautiful aisle, the first born and next born and next born baptized at the old font, the immersing font, and the new font. Ask them when they witnessed their children  receiving  first holy communion kneeling at the communion rail that you can still see here after the last renovation, or dipped their hands to cross themselves in the new baptismal font? This is our church, our salvation. When you go to other spaces to worship, you give thanks that you can be in a church of God to pray because you are so faithful to your beliefs, but you miss your church–St. Ignatius Loyola Denver and the Elders who have shared so much in faith and hope and love.

Let us pray:

Our response will be: Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place

Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place

Remember your Church, St Ignatius Loyola and its Elders, Lord

Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place

How safe a dwelling the Lord has made us; /How blessed the children from the youngest to the eldest within your walls.

Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit

Your house, O Lord, must always be a holy place

Amen and thank you