Holy Name of Jesus Church to receive new altar from closing church in Williamsburg

The altar from the 1800s was originally at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Williamsburg.

The altar from the 1800s was originally at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Williamsburg. (2/2/14)

BROOKLYN - Parishioners of the Holy Name of Jesus church are counting their blessings as a new marble altar is being designed just for them.

The 30-ton marble historic altar is now being assembled piece by piece at Windsor Terrace Church. The religious symbol from the 1800s was originally at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Williamsburg, but it is now closing. Instead of sitting in storage, the altar was donated to Holy Name of Jesus.

The new altar is exactly what the church has been asking for since 1981, when its old altar was replaced with a new one that has been described as upside-down hockey sticks. Some say the modernist design took away from the warmth and spirituality of worship.

The altar was designed by James Renwick Jr., the same architect who designed St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Smithsonian and the National Mall.

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