Hello everyone! This is so far my favourite creation. It is a high altar for the Catholic Mass in the old Latin Form. There are many pictures, so if you have slow internet, please be warned. The high altar itself is about 30 cm tall. It is on a 32x32 baseplate, but the grey pieces on the sides overhang by three studs on each side. This MOC is very detailed; it includes everything a priest would need in order to actually say the Mass.
If you would like to ask questions about Catholicism or what some part of this MOC represents, please leave a comment and I will reply to it as soon as I can!
About this creation
The Altar I based the MOC on. I picked and modified it from the Internet to show the initial model. (Google Images, source)
Letís clarify right away: these three minifigs represent statues. They do not represent living humans!
From left to right they represent: St. Peter the Apostle, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Paul the Apostle. St. Michael is shown with a sword because he is the leader of the angels in Heaven against the devil. St. Paul has a sword because he was beheaded by one. St. Peter has a key because Jesus gave him the 'keys of the Kingdom', in other words, the spiritual guidance of the Catholic church, to be passed on to the popes after him.
The red thing in the middle of the altar is the chalice under its veil. Behind it is the main altar card, (with the scroll printing) and to the sides are the two other altar cards (no printing). To the right of the red chalice veil and in front of the right altar card is the altar missal. You will see this better in other pictures. The altar cards have prayers that the priest reads during the Mass.
This is the tabernacle. It is along the centre line of the church. It is also the holiest part of a Catholic church because God is present inside.
If during the Mass the priest sits, he does so here. The priestís chair is called the sedilia, derived from the Latin sedero, I sit.
This table is called the credence table. The first two items on it are a small jar of water and a basin to wash the priestís hands. On the right there is a small jar, called a cruet, of wine, and a cruet of water. To the left of the credence table on the floor there is the handbell, which is used to call the attention of the congregation to certain parts of the Mass.
The priest preaches from the pulpit, shown here. The pulpit symbolizes the priestís teaching authority. The Bible is read from the pulpit at every Mass.
This is what the altar looks like at the beginning of the Latin Mass. Again, the three minifigs near the top of the picture are supposed to be statues, not live humans. :)
Here are some of the accessories used during the celebration of the Mass. From left to right: the chalice; the chalice under the chalice veil; the pall; the paten; the chalice veil, folded; and the altar missal, which contains all the prayers of the Mass.
Here are more of the ceremonial accessories of the Mass. Again from left to right: the processional cross; two candlesticks; a bucket of holy water with the sprinkler handle coming out of the top; the handbell; two torches; (bottom row) the thurible (for burning incense), and the boat (holds incense to be used in the thurible).
Here is the beginning of the Mass in Latin. The Mass starts with a prayer in which the priest and the altar boys pray that God may accept the sacrifice of the Mass offered by the priest.
During the second half of the Mass, the priest, as shown here, is assisted by the altar boys in pouring first wine, then a little water, into the chalice.
Here is the priest. His cape is supposed to be red, but I donít have a red oneÖ :(
Here is my friend J. He and I have been altar boys for several years each.
And, myself. An altar boy serving at a Latin Mass wears a black cassock (robe) and a white surplice (a shirt-like garment that, unlike in my picture, should reach almost to his kneesÖ).
Behind the altar is a storage area. The incense is kept here, as well as some other equipment.
Well, thanks for reading all the way down here! I hope that I didnít get too liturgically deep for you to understand easily. Again, I welcome questions on this MOC (both on this Lego creation and how it relates to real-life Catholicism)!
Thanks again for viewing, and have a good day! God bless!