Front and Center - the Tabernacle
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(06-25-2014, 09:32 AM)J Michael Wrote: Just *why* anyone would even consider placing the tabernacle anywhere *other* than front and center is totally beyond me...

To make a necessary distinction:

Certainly there was a concerted and malicious effort to remove the tabernacles (for many different bad reasons). It is good to see that a bishop is encouraging the restoration of these tabernacles.

Yet, traditionally certain Churches often did have a separate chapel for the Blessed Sacrament, and there was no tabernacle on the main altar. This was the case with most Cathedrals. Also it was common in certain large shrines where there was frequent pilgrimage and frequent coming and going. This was done out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament, and to promote proper Eucharistic adoration.

How?

At a Cathedral, there were often episcopal functions. During these the bishop would frequently sit at the altar on a faldstool. He back would then face the Blessed Sacrament. Thus the Pontifical clearly envisions that if there is a tabernacle on the altar where the bishop is performing this function, it be empty. The Pontifical also envisions that the bishop visit a separate altar where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, where he then vests while Terce is being sung, then processes to the main altar. The deacon of the Mass would go to this chapel to bring the Blessed Sacrament for communion. The humeral veil is available for this at just the right time, too. In a Pontifical Mass, at the Pater Noster, the subdeacon has removed it, the Assistant Priest is at the missal, so the deacon is not strictly required in the action, and available to retrieve the Blessed Sacrament after the Pax.

Also, at a shrine where there is frequent pilgrimage, often the Blessed Sacrament is kept elsewhere to permit a place for prayer and devotions, and to avoid the common disrespect shown by tourists and visitors.
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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 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 MagisterMusicae - 06-26-2014, 04:43 PM
Re: Front and Center - the Tabernacle - by Poche - 06-27-2014, 01:28 AM



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