From a reader…
What does the Church recommend IF there is NOT A LOFT?
I am a music director at a small rural church and ONLY at Christmas and Easter do we have the choir come up during communion and the sing from the corner of the Sanctuary. The Altar is positioned in the center of the Sanctuary with carpet while to the side, in a space 30 feet wide that would even allow a rail to be installed to divide, is where the choir has been in the past. BUT NEVER DURING THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
In small churches certain accommodations must be made.
Perhaps more space could be made in the sanctuary if the altar were to be pushed up against the back wall. It’s amazing how much space is opened up by getting the table out of the way.
Other options might have the choir sitting in the back row of pews, or taking out the back row of pews and putting in risers.
Or, depending on the quality of the choir, putting them in the parking lot… facing away.