As I mentioned recently, a picture has been released of the new altar in honour of Ven. John Henry Cardinal Newman which is to be erected at the London Oratory in the space under the Choir Gallery presently occupied by the Calvary.
The altar has been designed by the Oratory’s architect, Russell Taylor, and is to be constructed of stone and scagliola; the communion rails are apparently (and in my view somewhat confusingly, given the image) to be of carved wood.
It is hoped that the Altar will be blessed at a special Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday 22 September 2010, at 18:30 : just three days after the Beatification.
As you may imagine, the cost of the new altar will not be insignificant – in fact £109,020 is the (strangely precise) figure that has been quoted – and donations will therefore be very welcome. Cheques should be made payable to ‘London Oratory Charity’, and sent - please - to ‘The Provost, The Oratory, Brompton Road, London, SW7 2RP’.