Two issues today. First, the altar. The one altar:
§ 245 § In the construction of new churches, there should be only one altar to signify the one Eucharist and the one Lord, Jesus Christ, who gathers the community at the one Table of his Body and Blood. However, in renovating an existing church, when the position of the old altar hinders the people’s participation, or if “it is impossible to move it without detriment to its artistic value, then another fixed altar may be erected” in the church. This new altar is the one on which the liturgy should be celebrated.(GIRM 303)
How much of a problem is the matter of attached names?
§ 246 § It is usually better to avoid attaching individual names to specific appointments, furnishings or works of art within the church. While allowing people to pay for these objects may be an easy fund-raising solution, it can lead to future problems when there may be need to remove or alter the memorialized object.
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