Pauline Chapel reopened and renovated--Back to tradition!!!
(07-07-2009, 04:51 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: Don't be a dummy, Rafael. As the Catholic Encyclopedia states:
Catholic Encyclopedia on "Altar" Wrote:From the words of the Pontifical we infer that the high altar must stand free on all sides (Pontifex circuit septies tabulam altaris), but the back part of smaller altars may be built against the wall.

The freestanding remains the liturgical ideal today, as it always has been even when fixed altars were more popular. When consecrating a new altar, the Pontifical assumes that the bishop is able to walk around the entire structure.

When the Chapel was built by Pope Paul III, it was a Fixed Altar against the wall. This chapel remained like so for 400 years until the liturgical disasters that came after Vatican II, when Pope Paul VI ruined it along with many other things he destroyed. 

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Re: Pauline Chapel reopened and renovated--Back to tradition!!! - by SaintRafael - 07-07-2009, 05:03 PM

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