The Tenebrae hearse arrived in time. I wanted it days ago, but it came.
I wanted it days ago so that we could check it out and solve problems (which, since I have read a lot of Augustine, and I know Zuhlsdorf’s Law, I knew there would be).
Unboxed by my colleague in the TMSM as I arrived.
We cleaned it a bit and got it assembled.
PROBLEM. We were told that the candles would be 1.5″. We got 1.5 candles.
Not true. 1.5 didn’t fit. They have to be smaller. We trimmed a couple but….
… that’s not going to work!
They are too close and there is no way that followers will work on them.
So… what to do? Stuff something into the brass bases and try to keep smaller candles straight?
That’s not a good idea.
We scrounged in the basement and salvaged some pieces off of a seriously tacky curved rack.
They look like flames.
The new bases hold 7/8″.
Then we found an old… I do mean OLD box of about 24 unbleached candles. 7/8″ They are a little bruised, but “by His stripes are we healed.
And we found a box of a couple dozed glass followers that are small enough to work.
What it looks like without the candles.
Since I know that Zuhlsdorf’s Law is an incontrovertible law of the cosmos, I knew we had to get on this hearse well before the moment it was needed. I’ve gotten to know the cosmos well. It’s a good think we got to this ahead of time.
A huge Fr. Z thanks to MB, who stepped up with a donation that covered the purchase and the shipping. We haven’t had the plaque made yet, because we wanted to see it first. But, thank you! Thank you!