Wednesday, December 14
It's two, two, two altars in one!
I was in search of 'double effect' on Catholic Encyclopedia, when I ran across this hitherto unheard-of POD-ness:
CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Double AltarHas anyone else heard of this before? I don't know what I think of it, and I'm sure they're not used (much) anymore, but the thought of liturgists everywhere having aneurysms over this is enough to make me smile, even while writing my ethics paper...
An altar having a double front constructed in such a manner that Mass may be celebrated on both sides of it at the same time. They are frequently found in churches of religious communities in which the choir is behind the altar so that whilst one priest is celebrating the Holy Sacrifice for the community in choir, another may celebrate for the laity assembled in the church.