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Friday, 30 September 2016

St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto: WHERE IS THE BLESSED SACRAMENT?

St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto has just been re-opened following a $168,000,000 dollar renovation. Photos of the renovated Sanctuary identify a huge and glaring problem: the Blessed Sacrament is absent. In its place, are three large, prominent chairs. 




Having carefully examined the above photo, I have been unable to locate Our Lord in the Tabernacle. Perhaps Our Lord has been moved out into a renovated Broom Closet replete with imported marble from Italy?

20 comments:

Anna Sze said...

Befitting of the 'times' - men enthrone themselves in the place of God. Instead of setting an example to return our Lord back to the center - so the He is the focus - the Cardinal has placed his own throne smack-dab- in the middle. How many catholic churches in the arch, are the same? Our Lord shoved off to the side, some places in a separate room ! I see no beauty there without the Lord in His rightful place, we do not come to adore the building we come to adore the Lord and may admire His surroundings. I am not surprised, always shocked, but not surprised.

Julian Barkin said...

It's to the left of the main sanctuary, or on the lower part of the sanctuary to the left of the center, a couple of predeallae down. Photos are available publically on the Archdiocese of Toronto'a Facebook profile page. Nothing yet on random websites to my knowledge. In the photo above it is blocked by a pillar that is to the farthest left, but you can see some golden, gothic ornamentation if you look close.

Vox Cantoris said...

I don't disagree, it was a missed opportunity.

It is there, it is off to the left which you can see in the artistic rendering beyond the pulpit. Formerly, it was on the right side, where the choir now is.

If you look at the original painting, that was an altar as was there on the right side (epistle) and two others in the transepts, now exits to meet the building code.

I hear what you are saying, but in a Cathedral, the Blessed Sacrament is not normally reserved in the aspe, but in a chapel. This would be the case in the Roman basilicas and in gothic cathedrals prior to the Council of Trent. It is because the sedelia is in the center from where the bishop presides and represents Christ. It is twisted in nearly every parish making every priest a presider, like a bishop.

In North America, the tradition was always that the tabernacle was on the main altar as this was the command of the Council of Trent. So, which applies now, the antiquarian manner or Trent?

I think there mistake was to elevate the throne higher than the Altar, but this was the case there since 1965. The good news is that although it would take a redesign of the marble/slate of the floor from a design point of view, it could still be changed - in the future - in God's good time.

JTLiuzza said...

This is perfect for nuchurch. The real "Francis effect" is that more and more they no longer feel the need to even pretend to be Catholic. God help these modernist bastards. But first please dear Lord strengthen the souls being misled by them.

M. Prodigal said...

I give up; where have they put Our Lord? Yes, it does seem that too much of our 'worship' is man centered and God pushed off to the side while we sing about how wonderful we are.

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that in cathedrals the traditional usage is for the Blessed Sacrament NOT to be reserved on the high altar but in a special side chapel. This is the usage in St.Peter's Basilica in Rome as well as in all the other Papal Basilicas. This is also the reason why when a bishop visits a parish to serve the Tridentine Latin Mass that the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the tabernacle (if it is located in the sanctuary) and the tabernacle door left conspicuously open and empty until the Pontifical Mass ends. I suspect that there is chapel with the Blessed Sacrament near the sanctuary in this cathedral because the bishop is supposed to visit and pray in this chapel before the Mass begins.

Carl Vdw said...

It is over on the left, hidden by a pillar in this particular view. You can kind of make out the altar and reredos that used to be over on the right side.

Praypraypray said...

I loved what Mother Angelica remarked about this idea of not putting Jesus in the tabernacle in the center where He belongs, but instead putting Him off to some side area. She said (and I'm paraphrasing), that when I come to visit you at your home, I want to come in the door and see you! I don't want to have to go looking around to some side area, (porch/closet?), to try to find you!
Anyway, what happened to the suggestion, (or stronger?), of placing Jesus in the center by Cardinal Sarah!?! I guess the idea, like poor Jesus, was put to the side, too! Sad.

XFitr4Life said...

Looks like the inside of a local masonic lodge. At 168,000,000 no less.

Valdemar said...

Mistake.

Obviously, this is a renovation of a Mormon Temple.

Not sure where.

Idaho Falls?

Valdemar said...

Failed to add...and it's pinkish and lavenderish, too.

How did I miss that on the first glance?

Anonymous said...

"And the galleys and the Romans shall come upon him, and he shall be struck, and shall return, and shall have indignation against the covenant of the sanctuary, and he shall succeed: and he shall return and shall devise against them that have forsaken the covenant of the sanctuary.

And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual sacrifice, and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation." Daniel 11:30-31

Anonymous said...

"And the galleys and the Romans shall come upon him, and he shall be struck, and shall return, and shall have indignation against the covenant of the sanctuary, and he shall succeed: and he shall return and shall devise against them that have forsaken the covenant of the sanctuary.

And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual sacrifice, and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation." Daniel 11:30-31

Sixupman said...

Standard diabolical design: to facilitate packing the space for massive concelebration. Blessed Sacrament: HIDE AND SEEK!

Johnkg said...

Probably be less offensive to the Lutherans, when they start taking communion there after "Pope" Frank's heretical party at the end of the month with them.

Karl Rahner Jr. said...

...why worship the Eucharistic Lord, if you can worship a Bishop's chair?

Claude said...

The vast majority will appreciate this renovation as very sensitive and liturgically appropriate, which it is for the secular mind. However, why would any bishop build a castle to himself such as this one? Is the bishop the king of Toronto? How can he even dare to sit on that throne? Who does the bishop think he is, some kind of king, nobility, or what, to deserve such throne? Did Christ build such a throne to Himself?

We all know the reasoning behind this kind of liturgical arrangement, that the altar is to be the focus of the liturgical action … but after, what? Although the altar is the symbol of Christ, it remains only a symbol, not Christ himself as in the sacred species.

This kind of liturgical arrangement comes from a narcissic and perverted view of liturgical antiquity when the Blessed Sacrament was reserved aside for safety and security reasons. But the Blessed Sacrament belongs with the altar of which it is inseparable as the reality belongs with the symbol. The church, the building itself is not there just for liturgical action but above all for adoration, as the house of God in the middle of the city … and not as the house of the bishop.

The bishop is the lead climber, the first of the christians and of all to show the only way to God in the sacrifice of himself to the Father following in the footsteps of His Son Jesus, ready to give his life in martyrdom if necessary. Then the bishop will deserve a seat, not a throne,… in heaven, not in this world.

Without Christ as the focus, the cathedral is of no value and interest to anyone but just another nice secular building. And the bishop, of himself, has no authority of any kind.

Lawrence and Susan Fox said...

They have turned priests into circus performers and lost Jesus Christ. Susan Fox www.christsfaithfulwitness.com

John Laws said...

Like the progressives they are, they've created an ideal fashion runway for our coming wymynpriests. Don't you love the warm colours?

Freyr said...

The Blessed Sacrament Alter is visible on the left side where the choir stalls used to be. Pre-renovations it was on the right side. As for having the Blessed Sacrament in a separate room, that would also include St. Peters, St. Mary Queen of the World in Montreal and St. Joseph's Oratory. The Cathedral in Montreal has the Blessed Sacrament exposed and I have never seen the chapel vacant. There is always a confessor available adjacent to the chapel. Our Lord's presence sanctifies the space, not the other way around. Our Lord's presence has sanctified a barn and turned it into a place of beauty.