#G5/99 Gospel Cover
OUTER LEATHER COVER OF G5
The leather is hand finished in olden style.
The red color shown earlier for G5 has been historically popular in Poland.
However, black, brown, purple and other colors are also available.
The leather also extends to the clasp as well as to two inner retaining bands.
INTERIOR FINISH OF G5
While the exterior surface is leather, the inside is finished in velvet.
Two leather bands extend vertically toward the outside of the velvel panels as retainers to hold the Gospel in place.
The velvet and two retaining bands can be seen in the image to the left.
SIZE OF G5 COVER
As seen in the closed position to the left, the size of G5 is 28 x 34 cm (11.0 x 13.4 in). This size was chosen to fit the most popular Pallotinum Gospel from Poland.
Alternately, the size can be easily changed to 32 x 38 cm (12.6 x 15.0 in).
Currently, a Gospel 3.5 cm (1.4 in) thick can be accomodated.
The total extent of Gospel Cover G5 is 59.5 cm wide (28 + 28 + 3.5) by 34. cm long (23.4 x 13.4 in).
ABA Cuprum is open to changes in dimensions than those stated above.
SUPPORTING LEGS ON BACK COVER OF G5
The back of the Gospel Cover is protected by four protruding turquoise stones. These can withstand pressure from laying the Gospel Cover on a stone altar.
Two options are worth considering:
* Option 1: Supporting legs could be differerent than blue
* Option 2: Supporting legs could be metal, thus reducing cost
ADDING A DECORATIVE PLAQUE TO G5
You might want to add a special dedication to the gospel cover. Or perhaps the words would indicate ownership.
It is possible to do this by adding a plaque. The plaque would be fashioned in metal and likely be put on the inside of the back cover. A prototypical plaque is shown below (here added to the Virgin of Lichen icon)
FRAME TO STRENGTHEN GOSPEL COVER OF G5
There is a space between the outer leather and inner velvet surfaces.
A frame for strengthing has been put in this space. This frame is made of arc-welded metal plus wood plates.
FIGURES and SCENES OF G5
The cover shows four Evangelists:
* St. John (with the Eagle)
* St. Matthew with the Angel)
* St. Luke (with the Ox)
* St. Mark (with the Lion)
The scenes of St. John and St. Matthew emphasize the "heavenly" field of interest. The figures and scenes of St. John and St. Matthew also appear on the Crucifix Crosses from ABA Cuprum.
The scenes with St. Luke and St. Mark reference the daily matters of Jesus' life, as contained in the Gospel.
In the central panel is the Rising Jesus with the angel as well as Mary Magdalene and the empty tomb of Christ.