This past Pentecost weekend you may have noticed two changes in our church: The Body of Christ was moved to the Sanctuary and the Gospel book enthroned in the alcove. Both the new tabernacle stand and the book stand were crafted by St. Paul Fabricating. The expense of the new stands were paid for by memorial donations in honor of Lee Yanta.
The candle that had been suspended by a chain outside of the Reservation Chapel is now housed within the tabernacle stand. The candlelight signifies that the Body of Christ is present. The Chapel of the Word of God, with the Jubilee Icon of Jesus, the Word of God, now enthrones the book of the Gospel, with a new book stand made to hold the Gospel.
When entering a church where the Body of Christ is present, a genuflection is made by bending the right knee to the ground, to signify adoration. This movement is reserved for the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as for the Holy Cross on Good Friday, until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. If you are unable to genuflect, a profound bow is acceptable.
Father Jim Perkl wrote an article in the February/March issue of Parish Neighbors Magazine talking about the tabernacle moving.