|Apse of the Karaganda Cathedral.|
Recently, we have seen on some Blogs a coverage of the construction and consecration of the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Karaganda, Saint Joseph's. What appears to be an historic altarpiece has been installed as the High altar and focal point of the Cathedral. It is an extremely impressive ensemble visually, constructed of timber, polychromed and gilded.
|The two altars sit in harmonious proximity to each other|
and appear almost as one unit.
Standing in front of the High altar is another altar,freestanding, which has been the subject of some discussion in the Comboxes. A timber altar, with rather beautifully done carving, is the altar at which Mass is intended to be celebrated. But it is not fixed: it sits on a splendid carpet at the same level as the High altar, and the whole thing could readily be moved out of the way. But this altar was consecrated and a rather ingenious method of construction was then revealed. Approximately two-thirds of the mensa was a slab of marble, incised with consecration crosses and set into the timber table of the altar. This stone itself was consecrated by the Dean of the Sacred College, Cardinal Sodano during Mass on 8th September. Beneath the mensa was placed a small house containing the sacred relics.
|The large marble stone set into the mensa of the freestanding altar.|
|Detail of the High altar shewing the patina of the old paintwork.|
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|A relic house about to be placed beneath the freestanding altar.|