I strongly advise readers to go to the blog, New Liturgical Movement, and look at the post about the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Brooklyn, New York. The story is about a church built in the neogothic style about 150 years ago. It had a rather remarkable sanctuary with a spectacular altar and reredos. In 1980, this was considered outdated, and the church was subjected to a particularly bad reordering scheme - in fact the scheme was so bad and so poorly executed that you have to see a video of it to believe how bad it was.
Two and a half years ago, an new priest, Fr Jim Cunningham, arrived in the parish and he determined to restore the church back to something like its original form. He has raised $2.35million towards this work and the diocese has supplied him with an altar and reredos from a disused church.
The video tells the rest of the story. I have been unable to embed it here, so go over to New Liturgical Movement.
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