Monday, August 27, 2007

More on Altars

On the subject of using sanctuaries for both the ordinary and extraordinary forms, I thought that I would share with you pictures of a church in southern Italy which re-adapted its sanctuary and removed the table Altar permanently. This is the "before" look:

and this is the "after look

Note that the priest's chair or sedilia is unobtrusively located at the side of the sanctuary, so that the "Liturgy of the Word" can be celebrated at it. If the extraordinary form is celebrated then it could be celebrated easily.

Clo0ser to home, the other church that I like a lot is the church at Unanderra. This is an excellent layout, with the tabernacle centrally located to give a sense of direction and focus in the church. The Altar again could easily be used for both versus populum and ad orientem celebrations, in either the Ordinary or Extraordinary forms.

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