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Christ the Good Shepherd

The Crypt Church's Good Shepherd or Blessed Sacrament Chapel, located in the center of the apse, was the first to be completed in 1926. In the catacombs of Rome, the representation of the Good Shepherd was the most common symbol of veneration by early Christians. This mosaic, modeled after one such image, contains every variety and color of pure gold as it is taken from the mines. The Greek letters ICNI and XCKA translate: "Christ conquers." Tiffany of New York executed the tabernacle, which was designed by Shrine architect Charles Maginnis. The altar, chapel, tabernacle and appointments are the gifts of Sir James J. Ryan of Philadelphia, Pa.