Ecce Agnus Dei!
I prefer the old floor. Please do install altar railings.
I dunno... Like the gates of hell?
The old free standing Altar was hedious, and clearly a product of it's time (1968). Likewise the new free standing Altar was a product of it's ime (2006, pre-SP) and while we may view it (as I do) as unfortunate, it is very beautiful for what it is. Given what Father has revealed about it, I think it is clear it will not be removed.ytc: the old floor was lost when the Sanctuary was raised to bring the table Altar to the same level as the High Altar. If you compare pictures you'll see there is now only 1 step in front of the High Altar. The old flooring remains in the balance of the Church.The gates, as pictured, look some what sad and neglected. They will look beautiful restored and installed.
The gates will look wonderful! ..and be more historically correct for a building on the National Register of Historic Places.~SqueekerLamb
Does altar rails mean that we can get rid of EMHC's?
NO. AS USUAL WE USE THEM WHEN NEEDED.
EMHCs are hardly ever needed.puke
Nothing will screw up that beautiful altar rail more than having a bunch of variously dressed, grinning EMHC's standing behind it doling out the elements. Like a liturgical soup kitchen!
Since the purpose of the rail is to have the Priest in motion handing out communion, and the people taking availbale spots on the rail, I can not see how EHMCs would ever be necessary. Okay, if there is no Deacon available I could see 1 EHMC to work one side of the rail while the Priest works the other, but that's it. With ALtar rails you shouldn't even need the side stations any more.
With 2 priests and 2 deacons at the parish, there is never a situation where EMHCs are needed. Never.
I agree with Marc. There is absolutely no need for EMHC's at St. Jo's. Five more minutes to distribute to an exceptionally large crowd should not be a problem for anyone. If it is, why are you there to begin with?
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