Saturday, September 17, 2016
IS THERE A LITURGICAL LAW FOR THE CORRECT PLACEMENT OF THE SACRED HEART SHRINE OR CHAPEL IN CHURCH ARCHITECTURE?
The Sacred Heart Shrine is on the Gospel Side of the Church and the Marian Shrine is on the Epistle Side.
However, when there is no Sacred Heart Shrine or Chapel, the Marian Shrine is traditionally on the Gospel Side of the Church.
I ask this question, because the new Saint Anne Church has a Sacred Heart Statue, but it is placed on the right niche of the Epistle Side of the Church and the St. Joseph Shrine, which is to its left and in a recessed small chapel (which is its traditional place when the Marian Shrine is on the Gospel side of the church).
Our Marian Shrine is on the Gospel side of the church in a similar recessed small chapel and next to its left is a statue of St. Michael the Archangel on a wall niche.
I would like to place the Sacred Heart statue, which is quite lovely, where the current Marian Shrine is; move the Marian Shrine to where the Saint Joseph Shrine is and place the Marian Shrine where Saint Joseph now is, which would put the Mary statue and the Joseph statue on the same side of the church, the Epistle Side. We would leave the St.Michael statue as is to the left of the Sacred Heart Chapel on the Gospel side of the church.
Is this liturgical law or simply tradition? Does anyone know and can you back my moving of the statues with architectural canonical norms for churches?