I am still in a rage, still fuming. This is my piece of therapy for today.
Last night I slipped on a particularly slimy piece of gladioli our Polish community had left on our newly varnished floor as I processed into Mass. I went flat on my back and now I have a bruised backside.
I prefer people to remember the Gospel and their encounter with Christ rather than the antics of the priest deliberate or otherwise, at Mass. If one of elderly parishioners had walked there, they could easily have broken a limb.
The latest diocesan health and safety seminar: Slip, Trips and Falls, will have whoever caused this accident attending it.
I had already removed some arrangements which had been placed in front of the altar. The whole point of altars nowadays being free-standing is so that they be walked around. You can't walk round it if flowers are placed immediately in front of it.
Not only were they there but they were so full of water, water was spilt all over a very beautiful and expensive Turkish carpet in front of the altar, I'd bought in memory of my mother. If it has been spoilt by being felted at least we can make an insurance claim.
Not only that, but more flowers had been placed on the mensae of the side altars, over the very sepulchers of the relics of the saints, they to were seeping water.
Altars are meant for sacrifice, not for floral decorations!
Three or four years ago, we had a pastoral letter in which our bishop wrote about the ecological disaster caused by the African cut flower industry. So much water is used, the water table is significantly lowered, local people starve because they haven't got the deep wells needed to irrigate their food crops. I expect my parishioners to use and buy flowers responsibly, in future I will add safely!