Video: Constructing a Western Rite Altar
The folks at St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church (Western Rite Vicariate) in Oklahoma City have posted an edifying video on their multimedia page: the construction of their altar. According to the website:
Subdeacon John Dutcher and his wife Nila, of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church, constructed the new altar for St. Andrew Church. They put together this video of the construction.It is a beautiful altar, a work of art.
I rejoice in posting images of work, building, or renovation of Western Rite churches for reasons I wrote about here : they are constructive in the most literal sense of the word. May God reward Subdeacon Dutcher for his work.
Godspeed to our good friend Fr. Mark Wallace, his family, and all his parishoners as they gather around this altar to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Update: Fr. Mark Wallace sent us this note.
Thank you for posting this video!May Godspeed your negotiations, Fr. Wallace. I did not realize Subdeacon John Dutcher fell asleep in the Lord. May he rest in peace, and may God be with all those dear to him. This video now serves another purpose: it documents one of the good deeds that preceded him in Heaven.
FYI - Subdeacon John Dutcher fell asleep in the Lord on 8 August, 2008. You can learn more about him by visiting their family blog at www.dutcherfamily.blogspot.com.
As of this posting, the community of St. Andrew has yet to celebrate its first Mass on this altar. We are still worshiping in the chapel of St. Elijah's. Currently, we are in negotiations to lease some commercial space for our congregation. As we progress towards that goal, I will keep you informed.