New Sanctuary Furniture
A new lectern which has been specially commissioned for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish to celebrate 139th anniversary of the opening of their church building, was formally installed by Deacon John Woodside on Sunday 6th December 2009 (139th Anniversary of the opening of the church building).
The man who designed, crafted and sculpted the beautiful and unique furniture in Scots oak, eminent wood sculptor Harry W. Bain from Aberfeldy, was on hand to ensure safe and timeous delivery to the parish. A reception in the parish parlour followed Mass at which Harry and his wife Joan were guests of honour.
The carving on the front of the lectern depicts a dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit) above Jesus who is watching over a fishing boat full of his disciples who have cast their nets in response to Christ's exhortation for them to "put out into the deep" (Duc in Altum).
The carving on the left side panel depicts the "Lamb of God" and the right side panel carving depicts Our Lady of Mount Carmel (from the traditional coat of arms for Banff) with three scallop shells (the scallop shell is a traditional Christian symbol of pilgrimage).