Front and Center - the Tabernacle
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The concept of "singularity of image" was popular at the time, from what I understand. The idea was that the Sacrifice being offered on the altar should be the sole focus of the congregation during Mass. The reserved Eucharist should be somewhere where it could be the sole focus of adoration outside of Mass, but both shouldn't be two different focal points at the same time. 

This was also the early motivation for simplifying or getting rid of a lot of the imagery and ornate architectural elements around the altar.  In addition, it was also the original  motivation for turning the priest around--so the whole congregation could focus on what was happening on the altar, rather than being obscured by the priest.

Of course, like many aspects of the liturgical reform, these motivations were mixed with others  like the community or meal emphasis)--even contradictory ones--and things often came about in such haphazard ways as to defeat the very ends of each motivation.  For example, the priest was turned around so the congregation could see all the actions of the priest offering the sacrifice that were usually difficult or impossible to see--and then those actions were greatly reduced or eliminated so there was nothing or little to see...

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Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by Poche - 06-25-2014, 04:10 AM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by SCG - 06-25-2014, 08:59 AM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by SCG - 06-25-2014, 09:02 AM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by SCG - 06-25-2014, 09:47 AM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by SaintSebastian - 06-25-2014, 01:27 PM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by Poche - 06-26-2014, 12:18 AM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by Poche - 06-26-2014, 12:19 AM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by Poche - 06-27-2014, 01:28 AM



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