following the evening Mass of the Lord's supper, and after the procession to transfer the Holy Eucharist to the Altar of Repose
inside or outside the church.
Wittliff said that what was once a normal practice of reverencing the Blessed Sacrament, stored in the tabernacle located atop the altar of repose, was now difficult.
For as I approach here," he said, walking toward the altar of repose in the rear of the sanctuary, "I know that in the back of this altar, so revered by the people of God in this neighborhood, a youngster was molested 30-some years ago.
With Sneesby looking on from the front pew, flanked by his wife, Cheryl, and sister, Rosemary Mutulo, Wittliff approached the altar of repose and purified it with incense.
Decades ago, ethnic parishes vied to see which could build the most elaborate, beautiful altar of repose
After the Mass of the Last Supper, Filipinos file out of church and walk or ride to six more, where they spend some time before the temporary Altar of Repose
, or they do the Stations of the Cross.
I summoned these words later when I visited a second altar of repose
on the south side of the big house.
After the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is placed in the tabernacle and exposed on the Altar of Repose
for the faithful's silent adoration.
Thus, in the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the afternoon of Holy Thursday, after the Blessed Sacrament has been transferred to the Altar of Repose, the Visita Iglesia officially begins, to last until midnight when the churches close for the night.
Inside the church, the focus of attention is not the main altar but the Altar of Repose, also called monumento (monument), an elaborately and richly decorated place on either side of the church that has the Blessed Sacrament, exposed or hidden in a small tabernacle.