We are looking for benefactors to sponsor various holy vessels, church items, and consumables to allow Saint Aelred to grow further in "worshipping the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
The following are items still available for sponsorship. Please e-mail Fr. Tipton at SaintAelreds@gmail.com to procure an item and for payment options. Thank you!
Funeral Pall - $300 - Picture
The Pall is a black vestment that is laid across the coffin at a funeral Mass to adorn and honor the body of the faithful departed.
Funeral Candlesticks - $3,000 - Picture
The six black candlesticks surround the coffin at Requiem Masses for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed. They are reserved solely for this Mass and hold reddish-orange candles to signify the deceased. They match the black pall and help to form the catafalque, which is how the faithful departed is presented in front of the altar at a Funeral Mass.
Candelabra - $489 - Picture
These candlesticks harken back to the seven light candlestand in the days of the Tabernacle and the Templel which stood by the door to God's dwelling place. The seven lights are said in Revelation to also stand in front of God's throne, sometimes thought to be seven Archangels, of which we only have the names of three (some apocryphal suggestions have been made). These candelabra flank the blessed sacrament at adoration to adorn and draw attention to the Host who is the Lord God of hosts.
Altar Gong - $600 - Picture
The altar gong is struck at the Elevation of the Host, signaling all present to halt any personal prayers, to focus solely on the blessed sacrament as it is lifted up on high, and to cross themselves out of devotion for our Lord.
Church Bell - $150 - Picture
The church bell is rung to announce the beginning of Mass, at news of a soul departing, at Requiem Masses, and at the elevation of the Host at Mass.
Pavement Lights - TBD - Picture
These lights can stand on the pavement of the altar steps or may be used on either side of the Lectern to signify, as most candles do, that we worship with the 'lights:' the saints and angels in heaven in The City where our God the Eternal Light dwells.
Items sponsored by benefactors thus far:
Riddel Post Angels for New Altar
Votive Candle Stand
Votive Candle Top
Aspergilium & Aspersorium
Silver-Plated Gospel Book
Lucifer & Snuffer
Pyx - Benedictine Medal
Pyx - Lamb of God
Please send all requests to Fr. Tipton at SaintAelreds@gmail.com