Sunday, March 18, 2007

no melted faces

The tabernacle at All Saints Catholic Church, like most of the furnishings, is not ornate. It's made of wood, with nice but simple designs carved into the front panels. While visiting St. Michael the Archangel church in Georgia, I couldn't help but stare at their new (since June) tabernacle throughout the Mass. It's designed to look like the Ark of the Covenant. I should have been reminded of the Old Testament but I'll admit that the first thing that came to mind was Indiana Jones and "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

One of the ushers told me that the tabernacle had come from Europe and that their new pastor was especially proud of it. Curious about how much one would cost, I looked up some tabernacles on the Internet. One of the more spectacular tabernacles sells for $29,400. At the other end of the spectrum, a Catholic Campus Ministry in Springfield, Missouri, has a tabernacle that looks like a bread basket.

While we're talking religion, one of counselors at LA Weight Loss told me yesterday that although she was decked out in green, as a non-Catholic she was supposed to wear orange on St. Patrick's Day. I vaguely remember my Dad telling us to never wear orange on St. Patrick's Day, which was easy for me. I didn't own any orange clothes before moving to Knoxville.

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Blogger Gvav1 said...

My blood runs a deep orange, does that count?

First I've heard about the orange and St patty's day...

Anonymous Amy W said...

I wear green every year, in celebration of my birthday and St. Patrick's day.. I've never heard of wearing orange though.. If you want to see a spectacular alter, look up the Peace Pagoda in the Great Smokey Mountains. It's located in Newport and absolutely amazing. The Japanese Buddhist are very welcoming of visitors too. You should check it out. I had to visit with my East Asia class a month ago.. I realize that's not really what your blog was about, but thought i'd share that tidbit of info..

Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

If I were in a position of having to decide what type of tabernacle to place in a church, I suppose I would struggle with it. After all, how do find an item to hold something as important as the Eucharist without spending too much money? In my opinion, $29k is too much money. I like the bread basket.

Re: orange on St. Patrick’s Day – back in high school (late ‘70’s) a friend of mine told me about wearing orange. I’ve never heard about it since, and only see green on that day.


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