I notice that most modern Catholic churches, and smaller older ones, simply have a wooden ambo, which is essentially a lectern.
Larger churches, usually older ones, have proper raised pulpits. I have a few questions:
- Is it true that in churches which have a proper pulpit, the readings are usually given at the ambo/lectern whilst the homily is usually given at the pulpit?
- Is it common for modern churches to have a raised pulpit, or just a wooden ambo, essentially a lectern.
- I notice in older churches that the pulpit is placed perhaps 1/3 the way down the nave, with pews extending behind it up to the altar and in front of it up to the vestibule. Is this because if the pulpit was placed at the front, then the people up the back wouldn’t have been able to hear the homily (considering they didn’t have modern sound systems in those days). Here’s a picture of what I mean:
As you can see, the pulpit is located around 1/3 way down the nave.
Thank you for your help, and God Bless you