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Monday, August 27, 2012

Brick by Brick: ad orientem worship at Assumption Grotto in Detroit: table altar removed.

Here is some great news.
At the wonderful parish, Assumption Grotto, in Detroit, the free-standing altar set up in the middle of the sanctuary – in front of the beautiful main altar – has now been removed.
The blog Te Deum Laudamus covers what is going on at Assumption Grotto and there are photos.
That, friends, is what the sanctuary was designed to look like.
Compared to:
Think of all the money that was spent over the last decades to ruin churches that could have been used for other parish needs, all in the name of the Second Vatican Council which never mandated these wreckovations.
As I understand it, the removal of the ironing-board altar… sorry, perhaps that is too dismissive… picnic-table altar… was the result of a patient process.  Over the years some ad orientem Masses were reintroduced, then the high altar was used, the Extraordinary Form was brought in, and then it became obvious that the table, blocking the sanctuary, had to go.  The table altar was nice, for a table altar.  But, in front of that beautiful main altar?  I call to mind an essay in Notitiae which established that the principle of the unicity of the altar in the sanctuary was so important that where there was a fine main altar, nothing should be set up in front of it and that a desire for versus populum should be sacrificed.  An easy sacrifice, frankly.
Clearing that sanctuary is a concrete gesture for the promotion of the New Evangelization.
WDTPRS kudos to Fr. Perrone!
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