From a reader:
Is there any guidance about where the Altar of Repose on Holy Thursday should be located? For many years at my parish, it was located at one of the side altars in the Church (we have five to choose from). Our current pastor has experimented with its placement over the last three years; last year it was set up in the Church basement on a temporary altar, which is a space normally used for parish activities such as meetings and the Sunday morning coffee hour. Many parishioners are not happy about trekking out of the main Church and down to the hall. The pastor plans to use the same place this year, saying that under the rubrics the Altar of Repose is not supposed to be located at a side altar, which is still part of the main sanctuary. Is this correct? Many of us would like to revert to its prior placement but are unsure what the “rules” provide.
In… the … basement…
That sounds silly to me. But I am unreconstructed ossified manualist.
I think the Lord should be reposed on a side altar. I believe that practice is well attested in our Latin tradition.
But… documents. I don’t know at this moment, so I will open this to the readers, trusting that they will perhaps stay on topic.