I have a question about side altars. I grew up during the “change”, having received my First Holy Communion right before Vatican II, and was an altar server during the transition period. With that history in mind, I was reflecting upon the thought that in my early years, I had never attended Mass when it was celebrated at a side altar.
Just what were the side altars used for? I remember that the church of my childhood even had a small tabernacle (urn shaped and flanked by two worshiping angels) on each of the two side altars.
Alas, those two altars in my childhood church are gone now, as I remember seeing piles of cracked and crushed marble in the side parking lot when the altars were taken out. I still remember how sad I felt when I saw that pile, as we played near it during recess at the parish school.
Thanks for any thoughts you might have as to the use of the side altars in our churches.