The Church of St. Saviour and Ss. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist forms a distinctive landmark in Lewisham High Street. Dating from 1909, and built in Italianate style, the most striking external features include the campanile, which, even with the nearby development of a number of high-rise buildings in recent decades, still stands out in the local skyline, and the imposing Calvary over the west door, which is a memorial to the local Catholic fallen of the 1914-18 Great War.
|The campanile is a striking feature of the local High Street|
|The War Memorial Calvary over the church door|
The interior is equally imposing, with the original High Altar, with interesting curved gradines and exposition throne, intact, and also some very nice statuary, including a Pieta, Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart, and various Saints. The confessional doors sport carving, including Papal Arms, and the ceiling fresco of the Transfiguration, carried out by Polish prisoners of war during WW1 [or, correctly, as I have been reminded, German POWs from the region which now forms part of modern-day Poland - see comments], and the subject of one of my earlier posts, provides one of the most striking features of this beautiful church.
Liturgy at St. Saviour's is, again, Novus Ordo, and catering at times to the various cultures represented in the parish. In my experience, Mass is conducted with reverence and piety. I must admit, I would love to see a Usus Antiquior Mass in this church.
|The High Altar|
|The Transfiguration Fresco|
|The Sanctuary, showing the altar rails, still in situ|
|General view of the interior|