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27 April 2016 - The altar donated by Gethsemani is received at Our Lady of Angels monastery in Crozet

   

   
 

   

The altar in its place in the new church building at Crozet.

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Photo credit - Sr. Kathy Ullrich

         

           

   

The altar being moved from its original position

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Photo Credit - Br. Paul Quenon

   

In 1967, when Gethsemani was being renovated, 7 granite side-altars were installed in the area behind the sanctuary. These were intended for use for private masses and visiting priests.

Since then, private masses have become very rare, and most visiting priests join our priests to concelebrate mass at the high altar.

The seven side-altars have gone mostly unused. Some years ago, one of them was given to Mount St. Mary's abbey in Wrentham, Mass. to be used as their main altar.

         
 

When the nuns at Our Lady of the Angels (better known as Crozet) in Virginia undertook to build a new church, they asked if we could spare another of our altars. We were only too happy to oblige.

Moving the base and top of the altar was a major undertaking and required much planning. These are massive blocks of granite and very heavy.

But work crews on both ends accomplished the task with no major problems.

 

 

   

Readying the altar for transportation

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Photo Credit - Br. Paul Quenon

 
         
 

   

The altar is lifted into place at Crozet

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Photo credit - Sr. Kathy Ullrich

 

 The church at Crozet is scheduled to be finished in June of this year, though that may be pushed back a little.

The actual dedication of the new church will probably happen in early 2017, the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the abbey.

Crozet is known not only for its prayer life but also for its excellent gouda cheese.

       
 

   

Making sure the top of the altar fits exactly onto its base

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Photo credit - Sr. Kathy Ullrich