Thursday, November 12, 2009

Early 20th Century Quebec Catafalque Restored by Cultural Officials

A reader sent in this news of which I am sure some of you will find of interest.

The large canopied catafalque of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, restored with the help of the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec [Council of the Religious Patrimony of Quebec], will be inaugurated on the 7th and 8th of November, 2009, at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, November 7th to 2:00pm at the church of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce. On this occasion, the 180 candles adorning the catafalque will be lit to allow everyone to contemplate the burial platform in all its splendour. This catafalque, the work of the Omer Létourneau, dates back to 1920 and had been used at funerals of the upper classes until 1938...

For this occasion, the church of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce will be decorated with banners and funerary draperies as it was at the funerals in the middle of the twentieth century. [...]

Source: Le grand catafalque de Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce est mis en lumière

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