Our Prayer times:
The Christian Altar of Sacrifice and Table of the Sacred Banquet.
The location of the Altar reflects the centrality of the Eucharist in our Christian lives. Carved in Wicklow granite, its central position reaches out to all the assembly. Stone is the most suitable material, which because of its permanency leads itself to the bearing of the weight of the Paschal Mystery.
The Ambo is beautifully structured in bronze and compliments the stone of the Altar. We remember that this is where the Bread of the Word is proclaimed and broken. God is present and speaks to us in the Liturgy of the Word.
The Presidential Chair
The Presidential Chair expresses the office of the principal celebrant or presider who presided over the Assembly. In the Eucharist the ordained minister is there in persona Christi. The chair crafted in wood has a bronze repousse insert panel CHIRHO – sacred monogram, the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek.
The Offertory Table
The offertory table is positioned to take the Holy gifts of bread and wine. They are brought in procession to the Altar at the beginning of the Celebration of the Eucharist destined to become the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The table of the gifts reminds us as we enter the Church of the solemnity of the occasion, and that what is to follow is the celebration of the Holy Mass.
The Blessed Sacrament Chapel and The Evangelarium
The tabernacle with its beautifully sculpted bronze door is a Sacred Receptacle in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Its door represents the story of the Burning Bush – (Exodus 3 : 13-14) where Moses said to the Lord “Who are you” and the Lord replied “I am who am”. The place of reservation relates to the ancient tradition of preservation of the Blessed Sacrament when Mass is over. The purpose of this reservation is to provide for Communion for the sick and the adoration, both public and private.
The space around the Tabernacle is a place of mystery and inner quietness, for private adoration and prayer and a developmental part of the celebration of the Holy Mass. The vertical pillars in wood with bronze repousse which surround the Blessed Sacrament area help to denote this sacred space as a special place of mystery. Pillars like these but in stone were used in early monasteries to denote a holy place – a place of mystery.
The Evangelarium or shrine for the Book of the Gospels, reminds us of the certainty of God’s help and concern in all our undertakings and of God’s presence in the Word. The priest or deacon accompanied by two acolytes may take the Book of the Gospels from the Evangelarium in procession to the Ambo to proclaim the Gospel of the day.