Friday, February 20, 2015

THE GATES OF HEAVEN HAVE ARRIVED!

There are two for the center entrance and one each for the side chapel entrances. There are four in all and only one is the original and restored beautifully and the other three are newly fabricated. I can't tell the difference. Only one survivied the iconoclasm of the early 1970's and we don't know what happened to the other three, probably in someone's yard somewhere or an antique store sold them to someone. Who knows? But praise be Jesus Christ, they are back and gloruiously so!

These will be installed this coming Wednesday and Thursday, thus completing our altar railing restoration project. Unfortunately the it is plastic wrapped in this photo:




3 comments:

JBS said...

Exciting!

John Nolan said...

And very splendid they look, too. It would be interesting to know at what point in the liturgy the gates are to be closed. There was never a hard-and-fast rule about it; when serving alone I seem to recall leaving it until the priest's Communion, between ringing the bell and going to the credence table for the plate, but what happens in the Novus Ordo, especially if hordes of Extraordinary Monsters are accustomed to invading the sanctuary at this point?

quicumquevult said...

In my (sadly wreckovated) parish, we still have both our altar rail gates: they adorn the front and back of the small freestanding altar that we now use (instead of using the glorious high altar behind it). In fact, we still have all of our altar rail, which, with its midsection separated into four segments, serves now as decoration (the sides are still entirely intact, where they used to be). The rail could feasibly be restored without too much trouble, something I'm praying for incessantly.

In the meantime, I'm very happy your altar has been/is being restored, and I hope more and more places follow your example. God bless all your efforts.