Where Have They Taken My Lord?
Mary Magdalen's question applied to liturgical change, will be addressed in by Gary+ in the forum this Sunday -- particularly the trend to move altars closer to the congregation. Why do this?
Christianity is always trying to balance two seemingly contradictory ideas: God as transcendent (that is, mysterious, awesome, and far above the created world) and God as immanent (near, available, and dynamically present in creation).
Imagine the original structure of this cathedral with the altar at the far end on seven steps and place against the wall. Here's what it looks like today.