Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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It is the sanctuary that is demarcated from the body of the church – not the altar.
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295. The sanctuary is the place where the altar stands, where the word of God is proclaimed, and where the priest, the deacon, and the other ministers exercise their offices. It should suitably be marked off from the body of the church either by its being somewhat elevated or by a particular structure and ornamentation. It should, however, be large enough to allow the Eucharist to be celebrated properly and easily seen.
And when it comes to elevations, you have to think of possibilities such as those common in Hungarian churches which can be 50 feet above the nave level; or the rised crypts of the romanesque. One step is what one would expect in an oratory.
Fine – I accept its the Sanctuary – a single step still achieve the demarcation – a line in a carpet would do it, there is no point in making some ridiculous reference to Hungarian Churches.