It was an ordinary day. Sitting in the Chapel at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Lancaster staring at the painting on the wall above the small marble altar. Mesmerizing depiction of The Crucifixion painted by Lancaster painter Jacob Eichholtz. For years after it was presented to the church in 1915, it hung in the main church directly above the choir stalls on the southwest side of the church. Week after week I stood directly under it as a member of: first, the renowned St. James Boys Choir and then as an adult member of the choir. I could tell you what parts of the oil painting reflected more light during the Sunday morning services and which parts receded deep into the canvas during the evening services throughout the year. And now, as I sit on a padded chair in the chapel, staring intently at it one more time, I still find it incredible.
|Oil painting done of Jacob Eichholtz.|
|St. James Chapel with Crucifixion in background above the altar.|
|Eichholtz portraiture of Lancaster's Thadeus Stevens.|