Today we cleared the floor of the nave of Church for sanding and varnishing. Today Peter and Radic are on their hands a knees, hammering down nails, tomorrow they replace floorboards, some are very worn by the main entrance, others are a bitten rotten where we had leaking radiator for years.
It felt a little strange despoiling the Church, piling the benches into the sanctuary, removing statues and anything else that was moveable.
I am feeling almost inclined to follow the ancient practice of simply having pews only around the sides, having men in one aisle and women in the other, leaving the centre for the liturgical action. People could bring their own kneelers if they needed them. How much it would change the style of the liturgy.
Fr Richard Biggerstaff of Lewes came over with Fr Jonathan Martin (en clergyman) and Gerard Hatton, one of our seminarians, to check out what was happening. Tomorrow we have Mass on a makeshift altar in our Parish Centre. It is going to be so tight if our normal numbers turn up, I'll have to celebrate ad apsidum.
Interestingly, the floor undulates where for the last 150 years people have stood between the benches.
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