Last Thursday saw the unveiling and dedication of the newly built-up altar at Rievaulx Abbey. Our school choir were delighted to play their part in this important event.
As well as our pupils hundreds of people gathered as the Archbishop of York, the Bishop of Whitby, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Prior of Ampleforth, and the Chair of the Methodist District of York and Hull dedicated the newly built up high altar.The Archbishop of York celebrated the Eucharist for the first time at this altar which was initiated by a member of All Saints’ Church, Helmsley, Chris Bryant, now sadly deceased.
The altar is built from a sandstone base with the original altar stone, and the stone is left deliberately simple and unadorned to show a distinction between original and new stonework. The altar was made by Historic Property Restoration and Skillington Workshop, Conservators, based on the designs of the existing altars in the side aisles of the nave at Rievaulx.