Altar of Repose

At the conclusion of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper this evening, as is indicated by the liturgical rubrics, we accompanied the Blessed Sacrament carried in procession to a special altar of repose.

Here is a photo of that altar here at the church I am visiting during these days:

The Lady Chapel at St. James Spanish Place in London, England - transformed into an altar of repose for Holy Thursday night.

The Lady Chapel at St. James—Spanish Place in London, England – transformed into an altar of repose for Holy Thursday night.

As the procession took place the choir led the singing of the Pange lingua – always a joy to chant. Read more about that venerable hymn, written by St. Thomas Aquinas, here on Wikipedia.

Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament was to continue until midnight, with various parishioners and visitors dropping in for some moments of prayer as the evening progressed.

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