From an email:
I saw on the blog the other day that you stated you were going to make a veil for the Tabernacle. At our college chapel we have the same Tabernacle, but no veils. If you are able to make one, or find one online, would it be possible for you to send me a link or instructions? Also, I saw from your post this morning (which was great by the way) that you have a veil inside the Tabernacle as well. We unfortunately do not have one. Do you know where we could find one?
My reply, so far… For the inside of the tabernacle:
If you open the tabernacle[!], you should find a bit of hardware on the inside “ceiling” to the right and left and in the center of the doors. All you need are some pliers and a metal coat hanger, which is cut and given a circular shape with the pliers, right to the length of the hardware. It would only be one piece. The material can be had at any fabric store, which should also have some gold bordering. Involve someone who can sew with the measurements, including hem-space, that you provide, for the would-be panels to the right and left.
For the outside of the tabernacle:
This is much more difficult. Either it drapes over the entire tabernacle like a limp umbrella with a space just big enough for whatever hardware is on the top (which I replaced with the cross, using the metal dowel of the hardware that was there, drilling this into the bottom of a wooden crucifix), or, you have to fix up some kind of support system for a veil that would only drape over the sides, but not the top at all. This last option, much more difficult, is what I’m faced with given the kind and quantity of the material I have.
If anyone has ideas about how to do this, let me know!
Here’s a picture of the material I have:
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I also need to do something about getting a veil to put over the Blessed Sacrament inside the inner sanctum of the tabernacle…