A Holy Thursday Gift

For several months now I’ve been undertaking a transformation of the rectory chapel here at St. Barnabas, to change it from the guest room that it used to be to a room that looks like a chapel and is a fitting place to pray before the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Today, Holy Thursday, the new altar was delivered. It was very generously built and donated by a local businessman who has a woodworking club. Over the past several weeks he and his buddies built it, and today they delivered, assembled, and installed it. Some photos:

The wall behind it will be covered with a curtain soon; thus the window (and source of glare) will be hidden.

The wall behind it will be covered with a curtain soon; thus the window (and source of glare) will be hidden.

The emblem on the front of it is a bronze Lamb of God emblem. I hope to find some bronze candlesticks to complement it. The brass-tone tabernacle will stand out then in distinction from the various bronze implements.

I think I have a good crucifix to suspend behind it also, once the curtain is in place.

I think I have a good crucifix to suspend behind it also, once the curtain is in place.

I have some first class relics of various saints, also, and over time I hope that I can find some good reliquaries to display them in between the candlesticks. I guess for a chapel this size we will have four candlesticks on the gradine (but I have to consult on this).

We do not know what relic is in the altar stone, the papers having been lost. But it is an old altar stone nonetheless, and I'm glad that it was possible to include it in this altar also.

We do not know what relic is in the altar stone, the papers having been lost. But it is an old altar stone nonetheless, and I’m glad that it was possible to include it in this altar also.

Of course I’ll need to get a nice altar cloth also. So… a work in progress! But I think it will be very nice when finished.

It happens that every now and then I do not have a public Mass scheduled on a certain day, so I’ll be able to celebrate Mass on this altar on those days. It will surely be of use to the other priest who lives with me and visiting priests as well. And of course, the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved and it will be a place of daily prayer.

A wonderful Holy Thursday gift!

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