Saturday, March 1, 2014

ALTAR RAILING TO BE RESTORED TO SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH, MACON, GEORGIA

The late 1950's early 60's:

Through the generosity of a handful of generous benefactors and a substantial bequest from a last will and testament, St. Joseph Church will proceed with the restoration of its altar railing. The new one will look as the old one except for its placement. It will be placed on the first step leading to the altar from the nave. This entails extending this step into the congregation to accommodate it. The gates will look similar to what was original. We only have one gate from the original which we were able to locate and it is pictured below as well:

This is the look of the Church as it is today:
 This is the look of the Church as it was with the altar railing in the early 1900's:
This is the only remaining gate from the altar railing above, which will be duplicated to serve the new railing, two main gates in the middle and one gate at each side altar: (it is on the table up side down but rotated to have the proper right side up view here):
This is a part of the original altar railing currently in our adoration chapel. The new altar railing will be fabricated to duplicate this look:
These renderings show how the first step will be extended and  the left side shows how the pews currently are and on the right side shows how the railing will be placed on the extended step and how one pew (completely across the Church) will be removed to allow for the half pew and handicapped access space:




20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hurray!!!!
Thanks be to God!

Too excited to say more at this moment!
Do hope it will be used!!!!

~SL

Joseph Johnson said...

This is exciting. I hope that more churches in the Diocese of Savannah will do the same (even in newer churches which have never had an altar rail).

Evil Kneivel said...

But Father! This will traumatize the congregation because we will feel separated from the priest at Mass! And WE ALL share in the priesthood of Christ! This is elitist and alienating and I fully intend to write the Vatican to let them know how you have insensitively and unilaterally violated the Spirit of Vatican II!

Seriously, I had to get that off my chest, since I've been listening to that kind of nonsense for the last 40 years. Congratulations, Father. It'll look nice and it long overdue. What a shame the old one was ever removed.

Joe Potillor said...

Deo gratias

Anonymous said...

Thank you Father. Good job.

Anonymous 99

JBS said...

Will there be a Communion cloth?

Henry said...

Kudos, Fr. McDonald! One can understand new churches being built in a barren era without altar rails, but it's hard to understand what justified their removal from beautiful old churches like St. Joseph's. (Well, I actually know what was the motivation in a couple of cases I've seen, and it wasn't pretty.)

Gene said...

How will you keep the horde of EMHC's from tripping over it?

Anonymous said...

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, make me a child again just for tonight.

Anonymous said...

Gene...how about "EMsHC"? Extraordinary Ministers (of) Holy Communion. The apostrophe is superfluous and the s is misplaced. Actually it would be acceptable to use EMHC for the singular or plural.

Gene said...

Apostrophe was an oversight. I think you need the "s."

Anonymous said...

So...Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communions? You need the s, but you have it in the wrong place.

(Attorney Generals, or Attorneys General?)

Gene said...

Yes, Anonymous. You are technically correct. I stand corrected.

Henry said...

You conceded too easily, Gene. Because EMHC is not a phrase in which the word to be pluralized gets the "s". As an acronym for a singular, it plays the role of a single singular word, to which an "s" is appended to form the plural, EMHCs in this case.

Anonymous said...

"Technically" correct? Totally correct.

JBS said...

Henry is right in defending Gene's "EMHC's", since the abbreviation has become a name in itself. Gene, we've come to expect more vigor from your defenses! You're not going over to the other side, are you?

Gene said...

Yes, Henry, I realize that. But, the absurdity of Anonymous' continued trivialities made me yawn and shrug my shoulders. I will perk up soon.

Gene said...

Yes, Hebry, I know. But, the continued triviality of Anonymous' postings caused me to yawn and shrug my shoulders. I'll perk up soon.

Anonymous said...

Gene, Henry, JBS...here's an acronym for you: FOAMB.


(feces of a male bovine)

And it's neither singular nor plural, but collective.

rcg said...

Congratulations on the restoration of the altar rail. Judging from the upside down desk and calculator it looks like they found the gate on Cardinal Pell's desk in Oz.