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The old high altar of St Patrick cathedral

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Bonaventure:
The freestanding part applies only to cathedrals, right? Not ordinary parishes?

The Harlequin King:

--- Quote from: Bonaventure on January 18, 2013, 11:08:43 PM ---The freestanding part applies only to cathedrals, right? Not ordinary parishes?
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No distinction between the two.


--- Quote from: Catholic Encyclopedia, Altar (in liturgy) ---From the words of the Pontifical we infer that the high altar must stand free on all sides (Pontifex circuit septies tabulam altaris), but the back part of smaller altars may be built against the wall.
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--- Quote from: Catholic Encyclopedia, High Altar ---The high altar in a church that is to be consecrated should be a fixed altar (see FORM OF THE ALTAR), which according to the prescriptions of the Roman Pontifical (h.l.) is itself to be consecrated simultaneously with the solemn dedication of the church edifice. Hence it must stand free on all sides, allowing ample room for the consecrator to move around it. As its name indicates, the high altar, being the chief place for the enactment of the sacrificial function, is to be prominent not only by its position but also by the richness of its material and ornamentation.
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Bonaventure:
Interesting. I'll have to look into this further.

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