Anyone who serves at the altar, whether priests, altar servers, or Altar Guild, knows that the tabernacle, that holds consecrated elements, is cumbersome to work with. There are three problems. First, the door opens directly out over a narrow altar, creating a space problem. Second, with the addition of gluten-free hosts it is too small to hold multiple ciboria. Third, there is no lock; and the locksmith on examining it has determined there is no way to install one. Several of the ciboria are very expensive and must be transferred for safe keeping.
A new tabernacle has been high on the wish list for Father Klein for many years. He asked Michael Pavlovsky to create a design that will solve the issues with the current tabernacle. Michael is a noted sculptor and artist and created the stations of the cross in our nave. He has come up with a plan and model for a polished bronze tabernacle at a cost of $8,467.00. Tabernacle of this quality routinely cost in the range of $14,000 to $25,000. We owe a debt of gratitude to Michael.
Father Klein will celebrate his 20th year as Rector of St. John’s in August, and a new tabernacle would be a wonderful expression of our thanksgiving fo
r his ministry. The vestry approved presenting this plan to our congregation at the April meeting. Several contributions have already been received, but much more is needed. If you wish to contribute to the project, please write tabernacle in the memo section of your check or give online here. Simply select “Tabernacle” from the dropdown menu.
Michael describes the model and construction process (you may need to increase your volume).