[quote=FrRobSST]This site has pictures:
You can tell by the steps… the Confession is not seen when the Pope is depcited offering Mass from behind.
And the Confession is…what? Is that the steps that lead down to St Peter’s tomb? Sorry I’m not real familiar with these terms.
I do notice in those pictures that, although he may be technically “facing” the people, there are an awful lot of things on the altar that would effectively block most of the people’s view, i.e. a large crucifix and the candles are placed directly in the middle of the altar, as opposed to the sides like they are now. I’m wondering, did they used to have a tabernacle on the altar in the old days? I can’t really tell from the pictures.
I do like the lighting in St. Peter’s as shown in those photos. I think the way it’s lighted now is way too harsh. I realize that’s probably for television, but still. You’d think they could tone it down somewhat.
Another question…it says “The reason for a second altar is that only the Pope may celebrate on the main altar of the Basilica.” Is that rule still in effect? If so, shouldn’t a second altar have been used during this year’s Easter Triduum? Although the Pope wasn’t present, he was still alive.
BTW, thanks for the link. Neat photos.