Our chapel at Tyburn Monastery, officially called the Church of Saint John the Baptist was built in Taneatua and consecrated in 1990 by Bishop Edward Gaines (1926 - 1994). The first church built at Taneatua in 1922 was declared unsafe and demolished after the 1987 Edgecombe earthquake . The present chapel was then built. In 2009 it was lifted and brought to the monastery site at Ngakuru as a gift from Bishop Denis Browne. It was blest on the 21st December 2009.
In 1990 it was 150 years since the signing of the treaty of Waitangi, so acknowledgement of the presence of the Maori people was seen to be called for and appropriate. The carvings above the entrance doorway hopefully do this and at the same time provide the people of European descent with a key which will enable them to read and come to some understanding of carving found on a whare nui (meeting house). There is a description of the meaning of the carvings inside the front door.
If you would like to learn more about our chapel's history and the years in the portal's carvings, please click here.
Walking down the aisle from the entrance towards the sanctuary, five pairs of beautiful stained-glass windows on the right hand side will accompany your spiritual journey.
Each pair of windows is related to one of the five Sundays of Lent and each window is linked to a key story from the Holy Bible.
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"Abraham listened to Gods Call...This listening was a wholehearted intent concentration so that he truly heard what God was asking him to do- and then, without hesitation he did it... The window shows us the tortuously long, winding path that Abraham has to follow in his response to God's mysterious Call..."
"In the Transfiguration God the Father speaks to the Apostles - "This is my Son, the beloved; he enjoys my favour. LISTEN TO HIM". So we must listen intently to the VOICEand TEACHING of Jesus if we are to make our way safely to the Heavenly Kingdom..."
"The miracle of the water flowing abundantly from the rock in the dry desert when Moses struck it at God's command, is well known. In the following scene it is God incarnate who is thirsty..."
"Jesus opens up for us all the wellsprings of our deepest, perennial DESIRE - our THIRSTING for GOD, and proclaims Himself to be the source of the eternal living waters..."
"God's choice of David is dependent on David's keenness of vision, far seeing vision and acute perception. (1 Sam 16:12) These were his innate gifts that carried him through his kingly mission and through to high holiness of life..."
"First: in the spiritual journey to God, physical seeing leads intrinsically to an interior seeing with the eyes of the soul. The final goal is indeed the Beatific Vision of God forever in Heaven..."
"I believe in the resurrection of the Dead!" These are the first recorded words we have in writing from our Mother Foundress, and what words they are of hope, of joy, and of believing..."
"For all who triumph over TEMPTATION, who LISTEN to God, who THIRST for Him, who yearn to SEE Him, who BELIEVE in him; for such as these all their ardent desires will become their sure path to everlasting union and intimacy with our Creator. Lent is fading away, even as Easter splendour bursts upon us..."