Friday, April 24, 2009
What is wrong with this picture?
This photo was taken near Rome where St. Thomas Aquinas died, in Fossanova.
It would be nice to see somebody write a dissertation or tessina on the origin and development of having the tabernacle fixed to a permanent altar.
Posted by John Paul Sonnen at 9:56 AM
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Joseph Braun S.J. wrote a splendid two-volume book about the Christian Altar (Munich 1924). There is also a chapter on the tabernacle - excellent! Nova & Vetera is currently working on a reprint.
The Venerable Pius XII already has in his address to the International Congress on Pastoral Liturgy of 22 Septmber 1956.
"To separate tabernacle from altar is to separate two things which by their origin and their nature should remain united."
It would be easier to say whatis right with it, still nice to see the tabernacle on he right been given the same prominence as a potted plant on the left eh?
John, however it must be said this is already a HUGE improvement. I used to visit this place on the Fr. Reggie Foster tours and the altar was in a parlous state at times. Here the altar is dressed, eastward facing, and has a dust cover. Brick by brick requires a lot of what is needed here in Rome PAZIENZA!
That said, thanks for your WONDERFUL blog. God bless, Fr. W
This is insane. I am all for side chapels and having the Eucharist in a place where people can appropriately adore, but why put it off to the side like this? I can't even think of an explanation.
Notice the subliminal: opposite the tabernacle is a darn potted plant!
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