Wednesday, 21 September 2011
From looking at the pictures of the marble figures on the front of the Altar, it seems as though at some time they had brass halos. It is always the most bizarre things that are no longer there. I wonder why, when the altar was kept in good repair, that the halos went. Perhaps they are being repaired somewhere...
And while I'm on the subject, whatever happened to all the maniples which were so cruelly snatched away from their chasubles? Humeral veils were turned into falls for lecturns, veils into covers for Missal stands (how could we ever have faced being in a Church with a naked Missal stand!), but the maniples... gone for ever.
Some say they were sent off to the missions.