UPDATE 11 Jan:
Over at Fr. Hunwicke’s fine blog and polyvalent Anglican-Catholic resource, Mutual Enrichment, there is a wonderful quote from Professor Canon Dr Eric Mascall from Corpus Christi (1965), on tabernacles. Fr. H says, “This is pure 24-carat Anglican Patrimony, every single word of it! Lege, disce, age!!”
So, read, learn and then get to it.
“The fundamental facts about the Blessed Sacrament are its publicity and its centrality. It is not a secret treasure, hidden away in a corner to be the object of devotion of the abnormally pious; it is the gift of God to his body the Church. The method of reservation which is advocated by many – though fortunately a diminishing number – of our [Anglican] bishops … whereby the Consecrated Elements are placed in a safe in the church wall and removed from association with the altar, seems calculated to encourage almost every wrong view of the reserved Sacrament that is conceivable. Could anything be more likely to detach the reserved Sacrament from its organic connection with the Church’s Liturgy than the provision that the place of reservation ‘shall not be immediately behind or above a Holy Table’? … It is therefore, I would suggest, most desirable that the Blessed Sacrament should normally be reserved in as central a place as possible, upon the high altar of the church, and that regularly some form of public devotion to the Eucharistic Presence should be held, if possible when the main body of the congregation is assembled.”
And so we are duly mutually enriched.
To Fr. H for his kind words, thanks!
_____ ORIGINAL: Published on: Jan 8, 2016 _____
Back on 24 December I wrote about a piece in the local paper in Madison, WI about how The Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino had directed that tabernacles should be returned to prominence at the center of churches.
Here comes everyone else.
Church Militant (who didn’t contact me)
Catholic World Report (some interesting stuff!)