We recently changed pastors at my parish and our pseudo-assistant pastor is doing morning prayer on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. I’m in charge of the liturgical environment at the church any I’m a bit confused as to the proper look our chapel should have.
Here’s a bit more detail on my dilemma. I know in the main church I have simple decorations around the Altar for Thursday, then those all come down and I have nothing in the sanctuary for Friday, then we go to town on decorations for Saturday. Well, morning prayer is going to be held in chapel, which is also where our Altar of Repose is. For Thursday I have that decorated as shown in the photo at the link at the bottom of this post.
So for morning prayer the next couple days, what is the appropriate look? Should that too be stripped bare as the main church is? Should there be maybe some red or white left? Being unfamiliar with morning prayer, is this something that our priest can do from the pulpit or should it be done from behind the Altar, or doesn’t it matter? My thought was to strip it bare except for a small white cloth in front of the Tabernacle door, but like I said, just due to how our past few pastors did things a formal Altar of Repose and morning prayer on Fri/Sat is a new thing.
Any input is appreciated. Thanks!