IRONDALE, Ala. — Our Friar Priests are offering Mass on a new altar, a replica of one near the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.
On the vigil of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the friars blessed a new altar built for their friary chapel. To remind them of their roots during times of prayer, it was inspired by the altar above the body of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy.
Francis was a great lover of Christ Crucified and marveled at the humility of God who would come to us each day in the most holy Body and Blood of the Lord. He wanted great care to be taken in all things pertaining to the Eucharist, to the altar and the books that contain the powerful words of the Lord.
We pray that this altar dedicated to God would be a source of grace for so many people throughout the world.
The friars have used different altars in their chapel over the years, but this was made specifically for this sacred place. Father Paschal drew up the plans based on the basilica altar and worked closely with Birmingham artisans to craft this beautiful testament to faith. Bobby Michelson of Ramwood Furniture and Brian Maloy of Fusoform put all their talents into play.
Soon there will also be lamps made by Robert Taylor, a local coppersmith. It has been a pleasure working with these men.