I had intended to post about this earlier, but – grrr – I lost the other email. Here we go!
I received this note, however, just now from a reader whom I’ve met a few times over the years.
The Church of the Assumption, the home of the Traditional Latin Mass in Nashville, was devastated by the tornado yesterday. The pastor, Fr. Bede Price, would like to share with you (and hopefully your readers) an update on the damage. Photos, updates, and donation information can be found on their Facebook page: HERE
This was going to be the first year with a full Traditional Triduum schedule and we’re hoping to restore the church and the vestments in time. Donations are much appreciated and can be sent by Venmo to @ChurchoftheAssumption [FYI I don’t know much about Vemno.]
The tornado hit Germantown in downtown Nashville hard at 1:30 am on Tuesday morning. Fr. Price rushed and saved the Blessed Sacrament.
The Church of the Assumption, the second oldest parish in Nashville, was right in the warpath of the tornado. Just this week, vestments had been arriving for the Triduum and parts to get the tower bells ringing again were going to be installed. The parishioners aren’t giving up and volunteers have driven in from out of town to get things up and running as soon as possible.
I’m hoping your readers could pray and consider donating so that Assumption can promptly reopen the church and be ready for Solemn Mass of Palm Sunday.
Damage summary: we’re still waiting of the engineers to take a second look. Half of the sacristy was completely destroyed. The south wall is pulling away from the roof and the engineers have yet to deem the building safe. The Holy Name window was blown out, along with half of the Annunciation window, and most others have holes in them. It will take quite some time to sort through the sets of vestments and get them cleaned and restored. Until then, the Mass will go on in a makeshift chapel (in the dark probably for another week) and a neighboring Protestant church has offered their space for Sundays.
Okay, folks. I don’t know how to monitor the progress.
This is a good cause.