From a reader:
Since it is now Autumn, the liturgy committee of my parish has
decorated the sanctuary, including the high altar, with all sorts of
Autumn decorations like pumpkins, bundles of grain/straw, baskets and the like.
Are these types of non-liturgical decorations of the sanctuary
allowed, prohibited, encouraged, discouraged, or what?
I think the only prohibition would be that of good taste and a proper understanding of what a sanctuary is for.
What is this? The lobby of an IHOP? Is this a girl scout project? What’s next?
I am unaware of any specific law baring baskets and pumpkins from sanctuaries. I wish there were one, but there isn’t.
It seems to me that liturgical colors and the changing of the texts and music is decoration enough.
Okay… I have been under the weather and feeling crotchety today. But… puhleeze…