Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Saint Boniface in Ordinary Time

Here's a picture of Saint Boniface's sanctuary, sorry it is so dark. This is how it looks right now, with a simple cloth on the altar:

I've had suggestions of buying a proper "antependium" which is pulled taut over a frame, and looks something like the second picture, below.


But I was also thinking of draping some orphreys such as the third picture, which is my other parish. Comments?

9 comments:

ignorant redneck said...

I would say, either leave it as it is--there is an elegance about it in it's simplicity. Other wise, I would go with option #1.

I have seen so many awful liturgies at altars with orphries.

Jackie said...

Fr Fox,

I plead ignorance. I have googled it but I'm still not clear. WHAT is an ORPHREY???

Father Martin Fox said...

Jackie:

See those ornate bands of cloth on the altar in the third picture?

Those are orphreys

Jackie said...

Fr. Fox,

Thanks - really - because my guess, based on the word drape - were those gold 'thingys' on the old altar. Clearly not close!

Thannks again.

Snup said...

I'd go with the orphreys. I like a classic, simple look. I would also think it would be easier to clean if an accident happened and easier to switch around for the seasons.

Dennis said...

Father, I vote for the antepndium--
hands down

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the altar girls.


Greg in Arlington Diocese

Padre Steve said...

The antependium in the second picture is really nice. I think I would choose that!

Anonymous said...

"get rid of the altar girls"... should they be executed, banished, forced to wear a burka?

Women served Jesus all through the Gospels. Why should they now be forbidden to do so?