Another perspective on ad orientem--the priest leading
Don't you think that you've been one lucky pastor? First Most Holy Trinity and now St. Joseph's? You've become the caretaker of the diocese's two most beautiful churches.
Yes, yes and yes (I was also associate pastor of our Cathedral for six years!) And through generous contributions and a huge will bequest specifically for the church building, we have funding for a new altar railing which will be installed on the first step nave level. This means that this step will be extended to accommodate the railing, allowing for kneeling on one side and walking on the other side. It will be completely new, but fabricated with Carara marble. I have no idea how long this will take to fabricate and completely install, hopefully within six months.
once the railing is in, the ugly hand railings will be taken away, praise God.
Beautiful. This inspires faith. Good job Father.
That is a gorgeous church and congratulations on the communion rail!
Father, we love St Joseph's and miss it greatly. We miss not only the beautiful building but the holy priests who do not shy away from teaching on the important subjects. Merry Christmas from AK! Neil H.
Stunning church Father, nice thing about the communion rail coming.
I don't know about Europe (most historic churches and cathedrals have suffered from tasteless 'reordering' (which can of course be put right and one hopes this will happen over the next few centuries) but if your church were in England it would be up there with the best.Of course our historic churches and cathedrals were appropriated by heretics in the 16th century, but it does mean that they have been spared much of the V2 vandalism. A few years ago we were invited by the (Anglican) Bishop of Gloucester to sing Solemn Latin Mass and Vespers in his cathedral, and the celebrant (a Benedictine Abbot) pointed out in his sermon that Gloucester was originally a Benedictine foundation, and graciously thanked the present incumbents for looking after it so well.
Stunning church all that needs to be done since the communion rail is coming please remove the "peoples table" not needed since you have a high altar.
Well, the contributor of that "table" which is a free-standing, fixed, Cararra marble with exquisite red rossa marble (similar to what is in St. Mary Major in Roma, would not like his or her $50,000 table junked, especially as it is also consecrated.
So, sell it to a Methodist Church and give him his money back...
…after saying "thank you" and "please, excuse me…"
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