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June 25, 2017: Sacristy Renovations
Thanks to the generosity of several former members of the All Souls Altar Guild, the sacristy is now undergoing a much-needed refurbishing. Over the decades, now-deceased parishioners have left memorial gifts dedicated to the needs of the guild: purchasing new vestments and altar hangings, linens, and liturgical items; making improvements to the sanctuary and chapel; repairing and restoring silver pieces; and making improvements to the sacristy itself...

by Ed Perlman, Altar Guild Chair

Thanks to the generosity of several former members of the All Souls Altar Guild, the sacristy is now undergoing a much-needed refurbishing. Over the decades, now-deceased parishioners have left memorial gifts dedicated to the needs of the guild: purchasing new vestments and altar hangings, linens, and liturgical items; making improvements to the sanctuary and chapel; repairing and restoring silver pieces; and making improvements to the sacristy itself. (Yes, even the sacristy air conditioner bears the name of a former altar guild member.)                  

Among the great treasures of All Souls are our beautiful paraments, the fancy word for the altar frontals and the pulpit and lectern covers. When we have matching paraments and priests’ vestments, we refer to these as “sets,” as in the “red set,” the “black set,” or the “white set.” These are all custom-made, and they are vastly more expensive than you might expect. Proper care of the silk textiles and metallic trims is more than stewardship; it’s conservation that will ensure these beautiful hangings last for many decades to come. Some of ours are quite old: we have altar hangings that date back to the World War II era, and vestments that are even older.  Some are quite new, like the black set that was first used two years ago. Our new cabinet will allow them to be stored in such a way that the fabrics and trims are not stressed, and keep all of our various vestments together in one place. 

In addition to the new storage cabinets, we’re making other improvements. New LED lighting will help us in becoming a more energy-efficient parish. We’ll also restore the wood floor, remove the badly worn piece of carpet that covers the short hall leading from the sacristy to the choir, repair the concrete underneath, and have it finished to match the rest of the church floor. 

Please be patient while all of this work takes place. When it’s finished, the altar guild and acolytes and clergy will have even more than we already do to be thankful for. If you would like to have the opportunity to use and preserve these treasures in a more hands-on way, please talk to me or Fr. Jadon about our altar guild and acolyte team.

Last Published: July 19, 2017 8:38 AM
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