Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pilgrimage Observation #1: Side Altars Should Be Used!

I like side altars. I like celebrating Mass at side altars. I rather got used to it on my pilgrimages to Rome. One sad thing about Fatima and Lourdes is that the side altars in the older basilicas are unused. It seems that one must either pre-schedule one of the modern little chapels or be forced to con-celebrate. (I am not a big fan of con-celebration unless I know the principal celebrant well. Too often have I been an accidental accessory to liturgical abuse.) If there are side-altars, they should be available for use for Mass not as stands for potted plants.
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