At the poorly attended papal Mass in Greece on Sunday, it was noted that the altar did not have the “Benedictine Altar Arrangement”. There were only four candles (on floor stands) and no crucifix on the altar facing the celebrant, in this case, the pontiff.
There was a large crucifix above the pontiff’s chair, somewhat distant from the altar and clearly not visible to him as he celebrated the Mass at the altar.
There’s a new sheriff in town as the papal MC. Do you think he finds having a cross behind the pope and one in front of the pope superfluous?
There is a new cross in Saint Peter’s on the wall of the apse in the “chapel” of the “Chair”. I have noticed that at papal Masses, since that cross was installed, the pope now turns his back to the papal altar and the crucifix on it in order to incense the new cross some distance behind him. Will we soon see all the candles and the crucifix removed from the papal altar in favor of no crucifix facing the pontiff during the Liturgy of the Eucharist and candles for the altar strewn around it on the floor?
Is this important or just one more sign of going backwards to the time prior to Pope Benedict?