[quote=super64]Thanks for responding.
Br. Rich SFO,
Here’s another question. What’s more important, the Tabernacle or the Alter?
Let me explain: Before and after the Eucharistic Liturgy, where’s Jesus? In the Tabernacle. Right? (we don’t need to go into “He’s in us” and “we are the faith community” stuff, I’ve had my share of that crowd, thank you anyway! :rolleyes: Ofcourse, His in us.But we don’t bow to each other now do we,or genuflect )
I mean if you go into a church to pray, we’re not praying to the Alter? We bow to the alter, but genuflect to the Tabernacle. During Adoration, we sit with our Lord, and that occurs whereever He is placed. Whether it be in the Tabernacle, shrine or Luna. It’s kinda confusing. Some people in my church put the priority on the Alter ahead of the Tabernacle. I say no. I’m I wrong?
The Blessed Sacrament is always the focus. The GIRM indicates that at all times outside of the celebration of the Mass one acknowledges the presence of Christ in the tabernacle by genuflection. Within the celebration of the Mass the focus is again on Christ in the Blessed Sacrament however now on the altar which is why the priest genuflects after the Consecration. During the Liturgy of the word the Altar is reverenced with a bow because of the anticipation of what will be taking place on the Altar.