The dethronement of the altar of sacrifice in the name of bringing the Meal or supper to the midst of the laity's assembly rather than high above and distant also contributed to the dumbing down of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the respect and reverence due to the Divine Person of Christ.
This image of this dumbed down altar juxtaposed against the original high altar explains in symbol why only 12% of Catholics in dioceses like New York attend Mass on Sunday or better stated, 88% of Catholics are not inspired to attend Mass.
In other words, is there anything inspiring about the look and placement of this post-Vatican II altar when compared to the magnificent high altar, and I mean high, behind the dumbed down, uninspiring one?
|The stational Mass at San Martino ai Monti last year. (Photo by our favorite Roman pilgrim, Agnese Bazzucchi.)