Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just when did free-standing altars appear in the Sanctuary?

Right after Vatican II, you say?

You would be wrong according to J.P. Sonnen, a St. Paul man currently studying in Rome and doing a little tour guiding on the side. Sonnen claims in his blog, Orbis Catholicus [Catholic World], that the first church in the U.S. to have their altar set up versus populi" [Facing the people], did it in 1938, and believe it or not, it was in the basement of the brand new Nativity of Our Lord parish in St. Paul. Sonnen also mentions that the parish received permission to have a "recited mass." I wonder what that meant? Certainly not in English, one would think. Ideas anyone?
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