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The old high altar of St Patrick cathedral

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The Harlequin King:
Very nice. I highly prefer the baldachin, though. A cathedral of this scope ought to have a freestanding altar under a fixed canopy.

Der Kaiser:
I agree. I actually like the new Altar better.

Kaesekopf:
A grander baldachin, I think, would better fit St. Patrick's Cathedral, though. 

Seems too small.

Bonaventure:

--- Quote from: The Harlequin King on January 17, 2013, 11:08:49 PM ---Very nice. I highly prefer the baldachin, though. A cathedral of this scope ought to have a freestanding altar under a fixed canopy.

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Don't all altars have to have some kind of baldachin or canopy?

The Harlequin King:

--- Quote from: Bonaventure on January 18, 2013, 02:33:59 PM ---Don't all altars have to have some kind of baldachin or canopy?
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Yes, high altars ought to. They also ought to be freestanding so that the bishop may walk around the entire structure when consecrating it for its first use. These sorts of rules were frequently ignored even in the pre-conciliar era, though.

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