A “New” Curtain for Candlelight Nights
Dear St. Paul’s,
As you all may know, St. Paul’s will be starting “Candlelight Nights” Thursdays at 7:00PM during the season of Lent. A couple of weeks back I was in the Church wondering how to make the large church space into a “chapel” for these intimate and meditative evenings of worship. A thought occurred to me to only utilize the lectern half of the Church, and to place a table altar in front of the first pews on the floor on that side. I wanted to find or create a backdrop that will serve as an “end” to the “chapel” and sere as a focal point to be placed behind the floor table altar and in front of the lectern.
In churches in Europe and in America curtains adorned altars, typically in the very back section (called a raredos). While this has been a rare practice in churches of late, I found that St. Paul’s had such curtains, and I found the original raredos curtains from St. Paul’s which date back to the 1950s. I was only able to find one crumpled and dusty curtain in the back of the ambulatory. Photographs from the church during that period show two of these curtains.
It looks like the special saint for curtains (if there is such a one) heard my prayers. After a good dry cleaning these curtains will “live” to see another day in the sanctuary, and serve as that backdrop and focal point I envisioned to Thursday evenings. All are invited to come to Candlelight Nights for Evening Prayer and Holy Communion, a simple supper, and an optional reflection and study time on prophetic wisdom.
Hope to see many of you Thursday evenings in Lent!
May God bless you.
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