Our local Extraordinary Form group was preparing for Mass and we found left on the altar a stuffed koala bear apparently from an earlier Novus Ordo Mass. One of the members wondered aloud if a stuffed koala should be situated on the Epistle or Gospel side of the altar.
We immediately knew who to ask such questions of liturgical import.
Clearly, the koala should be on the liturgical south (Epistle) side. He’s native to Australia.
Also, the south side is where the priest prays the Lavabo inter innocentes, and what’s more innocent than the cuddly (but poisonous) koala.
Or… is that the cuddly but poisonous platypus?