liturgy, mass, or service. In most instances, the chaplain
or clergy will arrange for the disposal of these items. A
Protestant chaplain, in some instances, may ask you to
dispose of or store excess consecrated communion
elements. Adhere strictly to the chaplains instructions.
In some instances, wine or grape juice must be poured
on the ground, into the sea, or into a special sink, or
sacrarium, in the sacristy. In some instances, excess
communion wafers may be placed in the sacristy in a
safe place designated by the chaplain.
Wooden Chapel Equipment
Polish wood items such as tables, altar railings,
altars, pulpits, and pews using only a good quality
furniture polish and a clean cloth. Wash wood surfaces
that have come in contact with wine or grape juice as
soon as possible. If the spill is dry, you may need to use
a damp cloth and a commercial wood surface cleaner
before you polish.
Decorative stained-glass windows are very
expensive and often irreplaceable. If cleaning is
needed, wash and immediately dry them with extreme
care. Old stained-glass windows are usually assembled
with lead strips between each section. If too much
pressure is applied, they can easily be pushed out. On a
commercial window, you should use a cleaning solution
or ammonia and water. Be aware that some of the newer
stained-glass windows are not manufactured in the old
The newer stained-glass windows are
manufactured from surface-treated regular glass instead
of true stained glass. In the case of a newer stained-glass
window, you could remove the color if you use an
abrasive or a stiff brush, or even some types of cleaning
In your duties and responsibilities for maintaining
ecclesiastical gear, you will be responsible for the care
and maintenance of metal appointments. You must use
specific procedures for each type of metal.
BRASS APPOINTMENTS. If the brass
appointments have a lacquer finish, do not use an
abrasive cleaner since this will damage the lacquer
finish. Clean brass appointments with warm, soapy
water to remove stains, and dry with a clean cloth. Then
polish them with a nonabrasive polish. If you notice that
the lacquer finish on a brass item has been removed
because the item was polished with a harsh polishing
compound, clean the item with an abrasive cleaner then
polish it with a soft cloth to restore a high shine.
GOLD, GOLD-PLATED, SILVER, OR
SILVER-PLATED APPOINTMENTS. Use only an
approved gold or silver polish made specifically for
these metals. Never use harsh polishes or steel wool.
Abrasives will remove the metal and scar the finish,
which may necessitate the replating of the appointment.
C H R O M E A N D C H R O M E - P L A T ED
APPOINTMENTS. Use only a soft cloth and rub
briskly, then shine with a soft dry cloth to prevent body
oil from soiling the finish. The use of a polishing
compound is not recommended.
After cleaning and polishing metal altar
appointments, you should handle them with gloves or a
piece of cloth to prevent body oil from soiling the finish.
Before storing altar appointments, you should wrap
them in a soft cloth.
PROCUREMENT OF FAITH GROUP
Among your responsibilities for logistics will be the
procurement of faith group supplies. As an RP, you must
recognize the sources and the procedures you should use
to procure these items.
Ecclesiastical supply catalogs provide a
comprehensive list of church goods, vestments, and
articles of devotion. Private commercial firms
specializing in certain religious articles will publish
these specialty catalogs.
Recognize, however, that
items ordered from such a firm may be more costly than
the same articles carried in the Federal Supply
Classification (FSC) system using Afloat Supply
Procedures, NAVSUP P-485. Consequently, you
should order ecclesiastical items through the FSC
system whenever possible. If you cannot procure an
item through the system, use a private commercial firm
and request the item through an open purchase
agreement. More about the FSC will be discussed later
in this chapter.
PROCUREMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF
FIELD EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
When operating with Fleet Marine Force (FMF)
components or a Navy Construction Battalion (CB) in
the field, you and the chaplain will use a field facility.
This may consist of no more than a general-purpose tent
where you set up your mountout boxes, erect a portable
altar, store supplies, and establish the office of the