The renovated Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall is what I’m talking about. They installed what I presume is a new reredos for the restored central tabernacle, but it doesn’t have an attached altar. Rather the new altar, free standing, is in front of it but clearly designed to match the reredos.
That’s what I am talking about. And the Mass can be celebrated on either side of the freestanding altar:
When you look at the new renovation above, I noticed that the restoration of the side chapels has our Blessed Mother on the right side (Epistle Side) and St. Joseph on the left side or Gospel Side. I was under the impression that if the image of the Sacred Heart or of Christ Himself is used in a church, that it is placed on the Gospel side and the BVM is moved to the right or Epistle side of the Church. But the opposite is above with St. Joseph and St. Mary. Should their placement be reversed above?
But the 1910 look of this chapel, the original look, by the way, has St. Joseph and St. Mary juxtaposed in as in the photo above. Any explanation for this?
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