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Texas Painted Churches

Saints Cyril and Methodius Church
Shiner, Texas

100 St. Ludmilla St., Shiner, Lavaca County
Type: Romanesque Revival
Architect: F. Wahrenberger
Interior paintings by Edmond Fatjo
Date: 1920

Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church; Shiner, Texas
Exterior
A red brick rectangular building with cut stone buttresses and buff and gray brick designs. The square tower supports an octagonal spire.

The interior has a vaulted ceiling with pressed metal over the nave. Painted Greek crosses, gold fleur de-lis, and other stencils were used throughout the building. Over the entrance of the apse, a painting of angels resting on clouds surrounds a cloud-supported ciborium.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church - Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
Beneath the painting, the Latin inscription Ecce Panis Angelorum appears - or "behold the bread of angels." Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane is another focal point. Another mural of angels playing musical instruments is located in the choir loft at the rear of the building.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church -  angels playing musical instruments
The church's musical angel mural by Edmond Fatjo
In 1890 two acres of land were bought for construction of a church. The first wood frame church was completed the following year and was damaged in a tornado in1892. By the early twenties, the congregation had long outgrown the original church and the present church was built near the first. In 1954 the building underwent a restoration and it is believed the interior was painted shortly thereafter. The artist, Edmond Fatjo was trained in Berlin and specialized in painting church interiors.

Source: The Texas Historic Commission's Atlas of Historic Texas Places
July 2005 Photos Barclay Gibson

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