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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Retirement of "The People's Altar"

Good news to report from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Salen, South Dakota, whose glorious altar is pictured above. According the "The Salem Sanctuary":

After over two years of catechesis and gradual implementation, our parish now celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist ad orientem - in solidarity with the liturgical reforms promoted by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. The 1970’s ”People’s Altar” (made from parts of the original Communion Rail) is in safe storage, and a much smaller altar for Masses “versus populum” has been made (to accommodate elderly priests who cannot make the three steps to the altar, etc.).


del_button August 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM
Hans said...

I have never in my life heard of a priest not saying Mass because he couldn't make it up three steps to the altar. What did elderly priests do for centuries before the "people's altar" even existed? Are wheelchair bound priests accommodated with lower altars? No, they are not.

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