Dem Bones Now Hear the Word of the Lord
QUESTION My friend has just returned from Rome with tales of a crypt where skeletons are crafted into altars. What is the history of this macabre memorial? I CAME across a similar use of human bones in the Czech Republic some years ago. It was in the vault of the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, about an hour from Prague.
The church was built in 1278 using soil from the hill of Calvary and as a result became a popular burial site.
By 1870 there were heaps of bones lying around and a carver was hired to create an ossuary. The entire chapel is decorated with remains, including a chandelier made out of every bone in the body, and monstrances made from human skulls.
Gearoid O'Sigin, Dublin.
QUESTION Before football penalty shoot-outs, what was the record of replays to settle a cup tie? THE record to settle an FA Cup tie was in 1971 between Alvechurch of the Midland Combination and Oxford City of the Isthmian League. They met six times in 17 days. Alvechurch player Graham Allner said: 'We didn't know the Oxford players at the start but we were on firstname terms at the end.
'It was like going to work every day -- the same teams, the same players, the same result.' The six games needed five different grounds. All but the first and last went to extra time, making a total of 11 playing hours.
Captains John Hunt of Alvechurch and John Woodley of Oxford tossed the coin ten times, including at the start of extra time. …