A Catholic Girl's Altar Encounters
This Italian-American girl's first encounter with an altar;
the pure white marble structure only the priests stood before
changing white wafers into the body of Christ. I knelt and
received, my first taste.
The second; college existentialism, Dr. Brody on Kierkegaard,
on Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac; Dostoevsky's Hippolyte
professing Columbus' happiness, three days before he reached
America surrounded by a mutinous crew.
Memorable altar experiences: the one in Gasperina transported
from Naples, another water-worn in a cave, St. Rocco's Inola
Gay Resident, and the mantle at Cafe des Artistes (when smoking
was still permitted).
Also, the Accumulation Project.
Over the course of a year I will be burning candles and permitting
the wax to accumulate on a makeshift altar. The candles are
burned in remembrance of someone or with the intent of a prosperous
wish for oneself, others, or the world. The public is invited
(through viral email, post cards and internet postings) to
contribute candles with a wish or remembrance attached. In
addition to accumulating the wax as I burn the candles, I
will also be documenting what compelled people to contribute
to the project.
you want to participate in this project, send a white votive
or tea lite to:
209 First Street Apt 3R
Jersey City, NJ 07302