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Monday, 9 April 2012

On St. Joseph's Church in Dorking and Many Thanks to Father Tim Finegan

In June, 2006, His Hermeneutical, Father Finegan, posted this about St. Joseph's Church in Dorking, where I have attended the Triduum during the past few days. I shall find out more about the fantastic tapestry, made by a parishioner who was also a busy mother when she made this masterpiece.

from the blog The hermeneutic of continuity, June 7th, 2006. 


St Joseph's, Dorking

The Church of St Joseph's, Dorking was built by the Duchess of Norfolk and is a fine Victorian Gothic pile. The tabernacle is still firmly in the centre of the Church. On the tabernacle itself, there is the inscription "Posuisti mysterium istud in virtute Spiritus Sancti" (You have set up this mystery in the power of the Holy Spirit).
Fr Dominic Rolls asked me where it was from and although it was familiar, I had to admit being stumped. A quick string search on google reveals that it is a phrase from the Sunday section of the Prayer of St Ambrose in the prayers of the (old) Roman Missal in preparation for Mass. Shame on me! If I said them more regularly, I would not have needed to look it up.

The Lady altar has a tapestry behind the statue of our Lady which reproduces the motifs from one of the windows in Chartres Cathedral. Apparently, St Bernard had a dream in which he saw heaven but there were no Cistercians. He asked Our Lady why this was so and she opened her mantle to show the Cistercians inside it. This is reproduced at the top of the tapestry.

4 comments:

Anita Moore said...

Our Lady's mantle is crowded! Holy Father Dominic had the same vision about the Order of Preachers. But fortunately, she has an exceedingly voluminous mantle.

Supertradmum said...

I think that Mary can take care of many good priests and brothers, don't you?

Andrew Smith said...

The Tapestry was made by my Grand Mother Margaret Rohlfing in 1993. a labor of love and devotion to the church. Amazing lady with amazing talent.

Supertradmum said...

Dear Andrew, thank you so much for that information. Has a book or a pamphlet been written on her work? That tapestry is truly exquisite.