Friday, 6 May 2011

Pugin's Rocket

Now that I have worked out how to use my mobile camera telephone, I've uploaded some of my photographs to my computer. Here is a couple of our chapel for Easter this year (being in Ushaw for the Sacred Triduum, this is the first time we've been in college for the season this year). Some astute readers may notice a slight sanctuary re-ordering, which occurred at the start of Lent, with the use of some newly acquired benches for concelebrants (who previously sat in the quire). The Minton tiles have been washed and re-sealed, so the floor looks like glass!

And here's a close-up of our famous 'Rocket', one of the few of Pugin's original features. It hasn't been seen since 2009, because we did not have a Paschal candle last year. Pity the poor wax sacristan, who has to climb the stairs every day to light it!

It is an Oscott custom for the Paschal candle to be decorated by one of the students, and Henry obliged us this year, and very elaborately too! For Royal Wedding buffs, you may have noticed the similarity between our sanctuary frescos and the Archbishop of Canterbury's cope fabric: both were the same Pugin design!

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