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Très-Saint-Sacrement Church

Saint-Sacrement church

The Congregation of the Most Holy Sacrament was founded by St. Pierre-Julien Eymard in Paris in 1856. The purpose of the community’s fathers was to glorify the Eucharist through the exposition and adoration of the Holy Sacrament. In 1903, the community was abolished in France and its members dispersed throughout the world. Some came to Canada and settled in 1915 in Montreal, Terrebonne and Quebec City. The fathers of the Most Holy Sacrament who came to Quebec City settled on Sainte-Geneviève Hill, where they built a small wooden church near the current-day street known as Côte Saint-Sacrament.

In 1920, the small church was moved to allow the construction, between 1920 and 1923, of the church that stands there today. In 1921, Father Auguste Pelletier founded the Parish of the Très-Saint-Sacrement, which would later give its name to the district. The church opened for worship in 1924. The community transferred ownership of the church to the parish in 1994.

The plans for the Église du Très-Saint-Sacrement were begun by Serracino and completed by Charles Bernier, who collaborated with the reverends Alphonse Têtu and Jean-Thomas Nadeau. In this work, the architects have created a synthesis between the Roman Middle Ages and the Gothic period. The building is in the traditional form of a Latine cross. Its three levels are typical of the Gothic style, with large arcades, a triforium and high windows. The profile created by the arched voussoirs and ribs, both inside and outside the church, reflects the Romanesque aesthetic. The church’s construction materials included metal, cement and granite. Never before had a church in Quebec City been built using fireproof materials to such an extent.

There are several works of art in the Église du Très-Saint-Sacrement. The communion table was designed by architect Adrien Dufresne of Beauport. It is made of bronze combined with mosaics and marble in various colours. It contains several symbols and has statuettes of 18 saints, including Eucharistic saints. Its construction lasted three years, with the execution of the marble pieces taking the longest to complete.

The high altar made of marble from Carrare includes a mosaic of Saint Margaret-Mary on the outer side of the pediment to illustrate her great devotion for the Eucharist. The large monstrance that decorates the façade of the church is five feet high and weighs 100 pounds.

The stalls, pews and woodwork in golden oak were done by craftsmen of the Trudel family in Saint-Romuald. The stained glass windows and rosettes are the work of Marius Plamondon, a master glassworker from Sillery who contributed to the revival of stained glass art and sculpture in Quebec.

The church has a reliquary, sculpted by Eugène Bussière, containing the relics of St. Eymard. Inside the wax effigy there is a relic of the saint. The body is clothed in a cassock, a chasuble and a golden drape, and has shoes designed by craftspeople from the parish.

Through the use of modern materials and construction methods to set off its neo-medieval architecture and magnificent works of art, the Église du Très-Saint-Sacrement is a magnificent synthesis of the contemporary world and respect for traditional values.

Points of interest :
  • The stained glass windows and rosettes
  • The communion table
  • The high altar
  • The reliquary of St. Eymard

Très-Saint-Sacrement Church

  • 1330 Chemin Ste-Foy
  • Québec, Québec
  • G1S 2N5
  • Phone: 418-527-2555
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