Puff, Frodo and myself headed North this Sunday for a little ice cream and fishing. (That part did not turn out so well. It rained hard all day, so we never put a line in the water.). We stopped at a town on the way to attend Mass, and it was very nice. They did what they were supposed to do. The homilies delivered one of the best homilies I have heard in months, and a small surprise: the choir had just announced the Offertory hymn when the priest interrupted and said that, before the Offertory, there was a something he needed to do. The local CWL had just paid for the re-gilding of the vessels, and he wished to reconsecrate them. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Puff craning her neck to get a better look at this- neither she nor I had ever seen this before. The priest continued that these are not new vessels- one was from about the 1880's, another from early twentieth, and a third from the fifties- but with the new gilding, they were ready for more years of service. He then said the blessing and consecration, which was short. I saw one of the two older vessels. It was gorgeous.
I was disappointed with the weather, but this made up for it.