Continuing Home

The ongoing saga of a Continuing Anglican church home, as seen by a member of the laity.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The altar arrives

The altar arrived yesterday and the work of setting it up began. I admit, I thought all there was to do was to fit the pieces together but it turns out to be significantly more than that. I'm not sure of everything, but some of it had to be sanded and will be re-stained, a piece of cabinet-grade plywood will be cut for a new top surface of the altar (the original shows wear and this will provide a stronger structural element), and a "stone" (15x15 in. piece of granite) added in the center.

Finally, the top piece will be moved up and set in place. It's going to be a tight fit between the top of the altar and the ceiling -- if only we had that steeper pitch of roof that Fr. McGrath wanted! It's also going to change the appearance of the Sanctuary dramatically.

It looks like the first Communion service using it will be Palm Sunday.


  • At 10:23 PM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    Updating the church website, I find I am going to have to update a number of photos now! It's been needed for a while, but I need to start shooting replacements.

  • At 8:18 AM, OpenID aftercatharine said…

    That is really beautiful! I'm so happy for you guys up there. And we look forward to seeing you at Synod next month - our second! Yay!

  • At 9:29 AM, Blogger The Miller Menagerie said…

    That is a beautiful altar! Good work, arranging it's purchase, shipment, storage & installation! It looks like it was well worth the efforts.

  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    AC, we'll see you at Synod!! This year I've been able to keep my calendar clear (at least this far).

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Romas said…

    I am a parishoner of St.George and I had my first communion and confirmation their.GOD BLESS YOU
    Romas Zyle
    Willoughby, Ohio

  • At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Julie Zivile Vaitkus said…

    I cried this morning, having found out that the altar from our old St.George's is somewhere far away, and I will probably never see it again. And then this afternoon I received emails and information of how graciously and lovingly the Church of St.Bartholomew has received the altar.

    I am deeply gratified and moved by the sentiments expressed by the pastor of St.Bartholomew. We had something very special at St.George's--it appears that the same spirit is there at St.Bartholomew.

    God bless you.

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    Romas and Julie, may God bless you -- we suspected we were receiving a treasure, but now we know for a certainty. I am so touched by your comments!

  • At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A partial photo of the altar's previous home:

  • At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Ona Daugirdas, (now from Chicago IL) said…

    Those of us who had the privilege of calling St. George's our parish, are drying our tears today. We have received a wonderful gift from the good people of St. Bartholomew Church--a new home for our altar that was built with faith and sacrifice by early Lithuanian immigrants.

    May their spirit and commitment to God be a source of strength and inspiration to your community. You have the good wishes and prayers of everyone who loved St.George's. Thank you! God bless!


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