Are you still planning on getting the communion rail?
A beautiful and inspiring video showing how the traditional Latin Mass and the restoration of a declining old parish church is returning the parish to its former glory with a congregation packed with dynamic young families, youth and children.There must be lots of beautiful old churches and parishes that are on the verge of abandonment but could be rejuvenated by a return to beauty and tradition. What a tragic toll in the wake of the post-Vatican II loss of faith and disintegration of private devotion and public worship.
I wonder if maybe the Bishop nixed the communion rail...
altar railing is approved, fabrication requirements are being mapped out and the framing in of the extension of the first step and removal of the first set of pews will take place in Lent.
The church where I was singing last night (it was a privately organized EF Requiem) was built in the 1970s and as a stark barn-like interior. Sometime afterwards the original tiled floor was covered with wall-to wall carpet. When the present incumbent took over the parish he removed the carpet and re-tiled the floor (the original tiles had crumbled). He also installed a fine English organ (c.1870) which he bought from a local Anglican church for the princely sum of £100. The Prots wanted to install what I believe the Americans call restrooms and the organ was in the way! Father is an accomplished organist himself.In conversation afterwards he recounted that on his first arrival in the parish a woman introduced herself and said "I'm in charge of the liturgy". He replied "No, you're not". She left in high dudgeon and found employment in the Anglican church down the road. In England a great obstacle to reform is that parishes are run by coteries of middle-class liberal laity who can make things very difficult for a priest who crosses them. If the bishop is informed that Father is in any way "confrontational" (in other words refuses to be intimidated) then Father will be removed.
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