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@pandaz7 wrote:

OK, taking that as a starting point, say there is no liturgical basis for it. But why not have it there? Reading of the scripture is a holy thing is it not, so why not have it in the sanctuary which is the focal point of the church. From a practical point of view, does it not make more sense to have it up at the front near the altar?

This is surely a pecularily dualist position which fails to take account of the fact that the whole edifice of a church is sacred. Furthermore, we have already pointed out the synagogal origins of the ambo and how this was taken into the early church by placing the ambo firstly in the centre and subsequently at the side. Louis Bouyer makes much of this in his book on liturgy and architecture. Is there an argument for moving the ambo to the sanctuary? It should be noticed that the present Institutio Generalis Rmani Missalis makes no specific provision for the placing of a fixed altar in the sanctuary which is essentially reserved for the Altar which represents Christ.

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