UPDATE 11 March:
This just came in from a US Army chaplain!
I enjoyed the joy you showed in your recent posting after receiving your newest portable altar. I ordered mine last year in preparation for the Afghan deployment that I’ll finish this summer. I’m using a Pelican Air 1615, and I have the altar, the Missale Romanum, small candles, all of the linens that St. Joseph’s sent with the altar and accoutrements, my SPORCH cards, a couple of Latin-English guides from Ecclesia Dei for any Faithful who might attend, an extra stole, and an Italian portable Mass kit that was an ordination gift. I’m hauling that all over eastern and northern Afghanistan each week. Monday, I’ll be in Jalalabad, and Tuesday I’ll be in Gardez. A couple weeks ago, I was in Mazar-e-Sharif, and then over in Kunduz. While I have to offer Mass in the Ordinary Form pro populo, my regular daily Masses end up being private most of the time, so they are all in the Extraordinary Form.
What a huge blessing. Many kudos to St. Joe’s!
That was GREAT!
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on my own Pelican case. I pulled some foam to make places for various items so that they don’t rattle about when being transported.
Here’s the whole thing set up. Note that I have too little clip on LED lights on either side. Sometimes I have said Mass in places without great light. I think I may toss in a pair of “cheaters”.
Originally Published on: Mar 9, 2018
I recently had the pleasure of unboxing my new portable “backpack” altar fromSt. Joseph’s Apprentice.
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You never have to worry about how what you get will be packaged.
“But Father! But Father!,” you are saying, “What are those little gizmos?”
You shall see. Eventually. Once I get the whole thing set up.
The other portable altars (aka Ultimate Priest Gift™) have internal storage.
Look at how the grain is. Hard to tell, but there is a depth to it and a opalescent quality.
The underside. NB: the two little knobs. They open up the retractable legs which bring the altar up to perfect altar height when placed on a standard table… or jeep hood.
There’s a magnet that holds the wings/legs in place.
Cover up and mensa wings deployed.
There are little hooks on the front face. I added little eyes to the antependia of my travel vestments.
The purple and rose set…
If you need something done, you will not find a nicer fellow than St. Joseph’s Apprentice. I spoke with him by phone a few times during this project, and I understand what it means to him to make these altars. That makes them even more valuable.