I was seduced by the post-Vatican II liturgical environmentalists to place tall candlesticks on the floor near or far from the altar and not having anything on the altar itself. Where did I get this? I know I didn’t become this creative on my own.
Now, after many years of rediscovering the genius of the pre-Vatican II altar arrangement, I have been converted to renounce my former ways.
Gone from my parish church are the floor candles flanking the altar as though a casket in pre-Vatican II days. Gone to are floral arrangements placed directly in front of the altar or ambo. Of course, you never seen this done in front of the priest’s throne.
Here are examples of post Vatican II liturgical environmentalists’ idea of good liturgical decorating:
My parish’s decorators have/had a tendency to plop down floral arrangements in front of the altar and ambo thus hiding these furnishings rather than highlighting them. I took these photos of floral and plant arrangements that highlight rather than obscure the altar and ambo and yet add living plants and flowers to the sanctuary: