Reasons for Mass changes explained
By Daniel Chidgey THE Lord's Supper Exhibi tion, which traces the history and development of the Eucharist opened in Cardiff last Sunday after having been seen by 32,000 people in London and Blackpool.
Devised and produced after eight months study by the priests, sisters and parishioners of the North London parish of Cockfosters, it was brought to Cardiff with the blessing of Archbishop Murphy for the opening of a new hall in the Benedictine parish of St. Mars's in the city centre.
At a preview for the priests of the diocese and Cardiff teachers, conducted by Fr. Edmund Jones, O.S.B. (Cockfosters), it was announced that when the display closes, on October 25. it is to he moved immediately to 1.iverpool Cathedral Hall. Archbishop Beck will fly from the Council to introduce it to the clergy and laity of his diocese.
PA NETS The exhibition consists mainly of a series of panels decorated with paintings. tapestries and models which show how the worship of God rooted in the Old Testament has been subject to change through the New Testament times to the present day. A large section is devoted to the forthcoming changes in the Mass and is designed to help visitors to understand why such changes are necessary and desirable. A display which was very popular with most visitors was that which showed the vestments, missals and sacred vessels of the Eastern Rites.
The most impressive feature is a full-size representation of the Last Supper which is reached through the facade of a Palestinian house set up in front of the stage. The figure of Christ and those of eleven Apostles are shown reclining on a divan around a horse-shoe table with a Passover meal set out before them.
The Director of Education for Cardiff has given permis.sion for parties of schoolchildren to visit the exhibition and nearly 2,000 of them will sec it before it closes. The pupils of 5t. Joseph's School, Swansea. are combining their visit with an educational journey which will mean their travelling more than 100 miles.
Each evening Dialogue Mass is being celebrated at 7.30 p.m. at an altar set up in the middle of the display panels. The priest uses a 15th century chalice which at other times forms part of the sacred vessels and vestments section, which has on show modern vestments made by the Benedictine monks of Prinknash.
This evening an invited party of clergy of other denominations will be conducted around by Fr. Dominic Allen. 0.S.13.. the parish priest of St. Mary's.