Padre decorating the altar in his ‘Church’ in the line | National Library of Scotland

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Army chaplain in his chapel during World War I. This photograph shows an army chaplain arranging wildflowers in a vase for the altar in his little chapel. Three other vases of flowers stand on the altar, flanking a simple cross and the chalice and paten used for the sacrament which are hidden below a cloth. Also on the altar are the chaplain’s stole, a scarf-like vestment worn by Catholic or Anglican priests when administering the sacraments.

During the war the Catholic Church did not allow other faiths to use its often seriously damaged churches.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. A Padre decorating the altar in his “Church” in the line. This little hut which serves as a Church is in a clump of trees barely 200 yards from the front line.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74549120

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About Fionnuala Barrett

I am a master's student of nineteenth-century English literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. For the WW1C project I have been overseeing the @Arras95 live-tweeting project, as well as researching resources to add to the project library.
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