Friday, June 12, 2015

Main Altar of Chartres Cathedral in the Chancel

Would be just glorious to witness Pontifical Mass celebrated here at the main altar in the presbytery.  Let us pray for a restoration of this altar.  The new altar, in modernist style, is instead made use of today.  Below is a side altar.    

1 comment:

  1. Lovely photos, John. As to the altar, Cardinal Ratzinger had this to say:

    "It would surely be a mistake to reject all the reforms of our century wholesale. When the altar was very remote from the people, it was right to move it back to the people. In cathedrals this made it possible to recover the tradition of having the altar in the crossing, the meeting point of the nave and the presbyterium." Joseph Ratzinger, The Spirit of the Liturgy, trans. John Saward (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2000), p.81.