The New Antimins 7/26

DSC_1919This past Sunday we had the blessing and honor of beholding and reverencing our new antimins (pictured to the left, please click on the picture to see the larger version). For those who may not know, the antiminsion (meaning instead of the table) is the beautiful cloth that actually makes the altar an altar upon which Christ graces us with His life through the Eucharist.

Every time a Bishop is elevated to become a Metropolitan, new antimins are blessed and sent out to every Parish under that Metropolitan for use on the altar replacing the old antimins.  All antimins contain the scene of the burial of our Lord having offered Himself up for us all, the four evangelists, and a relic of a particular Saint of the Church.  In this case, the relic of St. Raphael of Brooklyn is in the antimins.

Please enjoy the pictures below of our time both unveiling and reverencing this special linen as well as a picture of the antimins being replaced.

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