I don't know of any cases of medieval deconsecration, though I do know of
churches falling out of use. One thing you would have to do would be to
remove the relics from the altar, and put them somewhere safe. Beyond that,
From: Madeleine Gray [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 07 February 2001 11:31
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Subject: Re: cathedrals
Someone mentioned the rite for the deconsecration of cathedrals. Does
anyone know how a parish church was deconsecrated in the medieval period -
or indeed how it is done nowadays? I am having surprising difficulty
finding out. Our Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans is currently
reconstructing a medieval church with a remarkable set of wall paintings.
The church was deconsecrated in the 1970s but the diocese seems to have no
recollection of how it was done.
Dr Madeleine Gray, in the foothills of God's golden county of Gwent
(Department of Humanities and Science
UWCN Caerleon Campus
PO Box 179
Newport NP18 3YG
Tel: +44 (0)1633.432675
'Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought'