JUST TOO COOL: Recently received missal stand and statue of Our Lady

I received a wonderful leggio or book stand from St. Joseph’s Apprentice who is becoming justly famous for his beautiful portable altars… the ultimate gift for a priest.

In Rome we often used book stands that could swivel.  Thus, if you were at an altar with a narrow mensa, you didn’t have to worry about fitting the missal stand diagonally.  Nor it is necessary to shift the whole stand just to get a different view of the book.

Here are some shots.

And now the real fun begins!

Here’s the underside.

The two parts of the stand, base and swively part, could be slightly farther apart and perhaps the element with the bearings just a touch tighter, but those are minor matters.  This is a delightful piece of equipment which will soon grace the altar of Sacrifice.

For all your sacred carpentry needs, St. Joseph’s Apprentice!  Go to his site and look around at what he makes.

Speaking of the altar of Sacrifice, this also arrived.

Many screws later…

Completely unwrapped, here she is.

Our Lady of the Clergy.

A while back some Carmelite Nuns in California wrote to me asking my help in finding a new chaplain for their Carmel.   I wrote about that HERE.

They were grateful.  Since I had mentioned our shared devotion to Our Lady of the Clergy, they said they would send me a statue.

I expected something quite a lot smaller, of course.

Then I got an email from Mother saying:

Sister Teresa built a small crate for it, to protect the statue, so you’ll have to “un-crate” it, but I think you’ll be pleased with the end result.

I did indeed have to uncrate it.   Many screws later, I was pleased with the end result.

Here she is, so you can get an idea of the size.

Our Lady of the Clergy is now perched above my head on the top of the cabinet over my desk.  I shall invoke her aid often in the days to come.  Especially in the hard days that are coming.

Thanks to the wonderful Carmelites!


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  1. jameeka says:

    How very beautiful!

  2. Joy65 says:

    SO absolutely beautiful. Where could a smaller version of this statue be purchased? I would LOVE to give one to our Pastor.

  3. tianzhujiao says:

    Beautiful indeed!!! I think the article I found is about this statue:

  4. jaykay says:

    The missal-stand is beautifully crafted. I would never have thought about the swivel – what a great idea!

    Just as an afterthought, Father, will you be blessing the statue? Does one do that? Forgive the ignorance. It is beautiful also, and may She bring many blessings upon you, and all our clergy.

  5. JustaSinner says:

    I never get tired of seeing statues of the Blessed Mother. Nice size too!

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