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Easter Vigil in Seattle, 2010

© St. Patrick’s Church website

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/07/15

Someone posted this on Facebook. It’s something to see.

Here’s how they did the Easter Vigil at St. Patrick’s in Seattle five years ago.

For further viewing:

Footnote: someone who saw this commented on the curious arrangement of the altar and the ambo: both essentially equal, neither one taking prominence.

From the GIRM:

299. The altar should be built separate from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible. Moreover, the altar should occupy a place where it is truly the center toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns.The altar should usually be fixed and dedicated.

309. The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and toward which the attention of the faithful naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word.

It is appropriate that generally this place be a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern. The ambo must be located in keeping with the design of each church in such a way that the ordained ministers and readers may be clearly seen and heard by the faithful.

From the ambo only the readings, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) are to be proclaimed; likewise it may be used for giving the Homily and for announcing the intentions of the Universal Prayer. The dignity of the ambo requires that only a minister of the word should stand at it.

It is appropriate that before being put into liturgical use a new ambo be blessed according to the rite described in the Roman Ritual.

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