Sunday, May 25, 2008

Solemnity and a Restored Altar frontal in Spain

A reader from Spain sent in the following photo from San Pedro de Sencelles in Majorca, Spain. He tells me that this occured in conjunction with the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Apparently there was also the solemn celebration of Vespers according to the modern Liturgia Horarum.

Noteworthy was the readers comment that through the work of their sacristan, many traditional items were reclaimed to liturgical use that had not been for many decades now, including the apparent recovery of the altar frontal used and which had been hung in the intervening years in the dining room of the rectory.

(Click the image for a larger view)

While it was good to hear that the item was valued for the treasure of sacred art that it is (rather than being destroyed) it is very good to hear of its reclamation for the use it was intended: first, for the adornment of God's altar upon which the sacrifice of Christ is perpetuated; second, for the edification of all the faithful.

It is to be hoped that we will see more such restorations in parishes. Perhaps our pastors here might find items in their own rectories, church basements or attics that they might restore to divine use? If any of our parish priests here have any such stories they would like to share, or tell of us plans for similar projects, do send them into the NLM; they may be of interest, particularly if they come as a direct result of the liturgical programme of Pope Benedict XVI.

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