Fr Z has a natty little number that neatly counterbalances his Colt .45 on the other shoulder and, someone else (many apols. I seem to have lost it) featured one also.
But this one, this portable altar, is the ultimate.
It is, if you will pardon the expression, a real priest's altar.
It is not for the Novus Ordo priest, it is not, even, for the Novus Ordo Ad Orientem priest....
...it is an altar for a real ale, red wine, pistol packing Tridentine Latin Mass priest.....see for yourself
|This is not for the faint of heart...this is for Extraordinary priests!|
In the past, after the 1988 'excommunications' we had visiting priests in our part of Wales who celebrated Holy Mass on a wallpaper pasting table and that appears positively limp wristed when compared with what Fr Hugh Green and his confreres had to carry.
Incidentally, his fellow martyrs included Fr Thomas Pilchard, Thomas Salmon and William Pike, a fishy bunch, if ever...oof!
This church is undoubtedly the best in Britain (a proud boast) and it beats me why Joe Shaw and his merry men at the Latin Mass Society don't organise annual pilgrimages there...but then much of what goes on at the LMS these days is a bit of a ....OK, don't let's go there!
But please spare a thought and an intercessionary plea to these fine men who must have hefted this lump of an altar around the hills and combes of Dorset and its surrounding countryside.
They must have been a strong bunch, both physically and spiritually.
Borne out by the fact that the executioner spent half an hour delving into Fr Green's body cavity in order to find his heart and afterwards, the soldiers played football with his severed head.
An account of his death is here at Supremacy and Survival blog.