We replaced the credence table in our church last week. Here is the former piece:
We engaged a recent university graduate, Peter Kasper. Peter came well-recommended by the faculty across the street. He brought the new credence cabinet Friday:
We were looking for something functional, but also more neat than an open table with matches, germicide, and handwashing things. The top level inside will house Eucharistic vessels. The bottom will have the other “stuff.” The bread and wine for Mass will be placed on the top for the procession.
In most parishes, the credence table is tucked away near the altar, but mostly out of sight. Many people pass ours on the way to their seat in the north pews. A cabinet seemed to be a better solution than an open table, and our committee seemed pleased to get an all-purpose piece that fits in more naturally with the surroundings and hides some of the clutter around the columns that delineate the narthex and the nave.
What do you think?