Tuesday, December 11, 2012

THERE ARE FREE STANDING ALTARS AND THEN THERE ARE FREE STANDING ALTARS

This is the free standing altar that was placed in front of the perfectly good old altar at St. Joseph Church from about 1968 to 2006"

This is the new altar installed in 2006 and "appears" to be the table part of the reredos that is behind it:
A bird's eye view:
I wonder how these gates would look in St. Joseph Church, Macon?




11 comments:

ytc said...

I prefer the old floor. Please do install altar railings.

Anonymous said...

I dunno... Like the gates of hell?

Templar said...

The old free standing Altar was hedious, and clearly a product of it's time (1968). Likewise the new free standing Altar was a product of it's ime (2006, pre-SP) and while we may view it (as I do) as unfortunate, it is very beautiful for what it is. Given what Father has revealed about it, I think it is clear it will not be removed.

ytc: the old floor was lost when the Sanctuary was raised to bring the table Altar to the same level as the High Altar. If you compare pictures you'll see there is now only 1 step in front of the High Altar. The old flooring remains in the balance of the Church.

The gates, as pictured, look some what sad and neglected. They will look beautiful restored and installed.

Anonymous said...

The gates will look wonderful!

..and be more historically correct for a building on the National Register of Historic Places.

~SqueekerLamb

Gene said...

Does altar rails mean that we can get rid of EMHC's?

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

NO. AS USUAL WE USE THEM WHEN NEEDED.

ytc said...

EMHCs are hardly ever needed.

puke

Gene said...

Nothing will screw up that beautiful altar rail more than having a bunch of variously dressed, grinning EMHC's standing behind it doling out the elements. Like a liturgical soup kitchen!

Templar said...

Since the purpose of the rail is to have the Priest in motion handing out communion, and the people taking availbale spots on the rail, I can not see how EHMCs would ever be necessary. Okay, if there is no Deacon available I could see 1 EHMC to work one side of the rail while the Priest works the other, but that's it. With ALtar rails you shouldn't even need the side stations any more.

Marc said...

With 2 priests and 2 deacons at the parish, there is never a situation where EMHCs are needed. Never.

Gene said...

I agree with Marc. There is absolutely no need for EMHC's at St. Jo's. Five more minutes to distribute to an exceptionally large crowd should not be a problem for anyone. If it is, why are you there to begin with?