A nice note came from a reader about the expanded use of the so-called "Benedictine Arrangement" of a versus populum altar, that is, placing the candles in a straight line, three and three, and the Crucifix in the center with the Corpus toward the priest. When the local bishops is celebrating, there can be a 7th candle at the center.
Pope Benedict, before becoming Pope, wrote about the important of ad orientem worship stressing the significance of the people with the priest facing the liturgical (not necessarily geographical (East). Something of the impact of this orientation of worship is accomplished by placing the Crucifix between the people and priest so that IT, not the priest or congregation, remains the focus.
Today, January 17th, 2009, Bishop Robert Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama held a pro-life Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham. There was a march shortly thereafter. I could not help but notice that on the altar, there were six candles and a Crucifix in the center. Next to the Crucifix was the seventh candle. I took some photos from before and after the Mass and would like to give them to you.
Brick by brick!
Thank you Bishop Baker!