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      Tintinnabulum – Basilica of Saint Louis

      http://www.romeofthewest.com/2007/09/photos-of-basilica-of-saint-louis-king.html

      The Basilica of Saint Louis, Louis IX, King and one of the patron saints of France, is in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, situated on the high terrace overlooking the Mississippi River. It is on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial of the National Park Service, site of the symbol of Saint Louis, the Gateway Arch.

      The church is made of native limestone, with a sandstone facade. In gold letters on the pediment is the Tetragrammaton: the Hebrew letters YHWH, the Holy Name of the Lord given to Moses. Below this is the Trinitarian statement “DEO UNI ET TRINO”.

      A plaque on the facade reads: BASILICA OF SAINT LOUIS, KING

      ON THIS LOCATION THE FIRST CHURCH IN ST. LOUIS,
      A SMALL WOOD STRUCTURE WAS BLESSED ON JUNE 14,
      1770. SIX YEARS LATER IT WAS REPLACED BY A
      LARGER CHURCH OF WHITE OAK TIMBERS BLESSED
      AND USED FOR DIVINE SERVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
      EARLY SUMMER 1776. IT ALSO SERVED AS THE
      CATHEDRAL FOR THE INSTALLATION OF BISHOP LOUIS
      DUBOURG, THE BISHOP OF LOUISIANA AND THE
      FLORIDAS, WHO TOOK UP RESIDENCE HERE JANUARY 5
      1818. LITTLE MORE THAN TWO MONTHS LATER ON MARCH
      29, 1818, THE CORNERSTONE FOR A BRICK CATHEDRAL WAS
      BLESSED AND PLACED. THE BRICK CATHEDRAL WAS DESTINED
      TO REMAIN UNFINSHED, WAS SUPPLANTED BY THE
      PRESENT STONE CHURCH. BISHOP JOSEPH ROSATI, CM,
      BLESSED THE CORNERSTONE ON AUGUST 1, 1831 AND
      SOLEMNLY CONSECRATED THIS CHURCH ON OCTOBER
      26, 1834. ON OCTOBER 18, 1914, THE TITLE OF
      “CATHEDRAL” CEASED WHEN THE PRESENT CATHEDRAL
      LOCATED ON THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE CITY WAS
      BLESSED. HOWEVER, ON JANUARY 25, 1961, POPE
      JOHN XXIII DESIGNATED THIS HISTORIC CHURCH
      A BASILICA, THEREBY CONFERRING ON IT WORLDWIDE
      RECOGNITION. TODAY THIS IS THE BASILICA OF
      SAINT LOUIS, KING, POPULARLY: THE OLD CATHEDRAL

      Exterior and nave

      Statues of Saint Joan of Arc, Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Louis

      Tintinnabulum – A Tintinnabulum is a bell mounted on a pole, placed in a Roman Catholic Basilica to signify the church’s link with the Pope. The tintinnabulum consists of a small bell within a golden frame crowned with the papal tiara and Keys of Heaven. If the Pope was to say Mass within the Basilica, the tintinnabulum would be used to lead the very special procession down the shrine’s aisle.

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