The January issue of the Clergy Communications newsletter, an official publication of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ends with an encouraging request for items you’d find in a traditional church — encouraging, that is, if you live “in the South”:

A Catholic Priest in the South, in good standing with the Church, is building a large Romanesque Catholic Church to care for expanding population of souls. Needs large marble Reredos Altar (non gothic) along with other items including: Hexagon Baptismal Font, Carved Pulpit, Sedelia*, large marble statues, angels, stain glass, station of the cross, large candle sticks, large hanging crucifix and large working organ. Able to ensure that items purchased are used for Catholic Mass. Please send information and pictures to …

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more parishes in Cincinnati, especially the larger ones in the ‘burbs, could put items like these to good use?

* I believe they mean “sedilia,” defined as follows in the late Fr. John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary:

Seats originally on the south side of a sanctuary for the officiating clergy during the Eucharistic liturgy. Already found in the catacombs where one stone seat was placed at the side of the altar. THe new Order of the Mass prescribes: “The celebrant’s chair should draw attention to his presiding over the community and leading its prayer. Hence the place for it is in the apex of the sanctuary, facing the people . . . Seats for others with special duties in the sanctuary should be in places convenient for their functions” (Ordo Missae, IV, 271). (Etym. Latin sedilia, seat, from sedere, to sit.)

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