Dignity & beauty….
This is Immaculate Heart of Mary (Polish) Church in Pittsburgh, Father. It's not my parish, but I help out at it a lot, especially during the holidays. They've always had the Benedictine Arrangement, and I especially like it because the candles are nice and tall. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=1369769083373091&set=a.297016050648405I hope you can see this photo.
beautiful church and altar(s)!
My Roman Parish yes, during festal periods. My Byzantine Parish does not use the 6 High candle arrangement, rather we have the Slavic style 7 branch candelabra behind the holy table with the VIČNA Lamp (Eternal, analogous to a sanctuary lamp) close by.
When we lived in the Chicago surburbs, I escaped my liturgical wasteland home parish and attended Mass at St. John Cantius, a glorious church which was voted the most beautiful Catholic Church in the US one year.We then moved to a rural area in Indiana and the little country church we began to attend was built in the 1950s, an A Frame, and very plain. Our pastor at the time, although orthodox, paid little attention to aesthetics. There had been the typical wreckovation in the 1960s or 1970s and the sanctuary was crowded with a concert grand piano and a typical slab like altar with candles on the floor.A few years ago we were blessed with a young pastor who celebrates the EF. The first thing he did was to remove the piano and placed a frontal on the altar with the Benedictine arrangement. A marvelous transformation. You immediately knew you were in a Catholic Church when you walked in. Although still simple, the Benedictine arrangement lends great dignity to the space.
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