New Ordinariate altar installed in Cardiff Cathedral

The Wales (South East) Ordinariate Group has been given a new altar by the congregation of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Cardiff, where, thanks to the generosity of Archbishop George Stack, the group was provided earlier this year with its own special chapel.

Original Ordinariate altar

Original Ordinariate altar

The Cathedral congregation raised the full £1,000 needed to pay for the altar, made in oak, by a local craftsman. The altar has now been blessed for use by the Ordinariate group by Canon Peter Collins, the Cathedral Dean, who also initiated the gift.

The Wales (South East) Group’s leader, Fr Bernard Sixtus, who was ordained as a Catholic priest of the Ordinariate in July this year, said of the new altar: “We are obviously delighted with this beautiful work of craftsmanship and we are hugely grateful to the Cathedral for their generosity. These are tangible signs to us of the wonderful welcome we have had into the life of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Catholic Church”.

New oak altar and adapted reredos

New oak altar and adapted reredos

The side alcoves of the reredos contain icons of the Archangels Gabriel and Raphael, which were bought by the Ordinariate group last month. The currently empty central alcove of the reredos is to contain a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham once the group has obtained sufficient funds to order something suitable.

The Wales (South East) Group now celebrates its monthly Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at 1 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month in its Cathedral chapel and this is followed by a social get together. All are very welcome.

Canon Collins and Father Sixtus

Canon Collins and Father Sixtus

(from the Ordinariate website)

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