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WWI PORTABLE ALTAR

1914 Field Altar used at Gallipoli

 

This altar was consecrated in Rome in 1914. The local Parish priest of Mallee, Victoria Australia traveled to Gallipoli and the Western Front and took the field altar with him and offered the Holy Mass to the troops at both Gallipoli and the Western Front.

 

ALTAR KIT WW2 ERA

WW2 Chalice Kit

A kit from World War 2 that is more rare is the chalice kit. It has “wings” that open up. Here it is opened up and covered with a red velvet "vesperal cloth" that covers the altar mensa and linens when no in use.

 

 

WW2 ERA PORTABLE ALTAR

“Portable altar with three panels that fold into a compact, fabric-lined carrying case with a leather strap handle. Used by Father George R. Metcalf of St. Paul, Minnesota. Metcalf served as chaplain for General George S. Patton during World War II. The style of the military uniforms depicted in the painting suggest that the altar was originally used during World War I” (In the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society).