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  1. Fr Paul Walliker

    Thank you again for another informative and illuminating article. A Blessed Pascha to all.

  2. Thank you so much for this article. What surprised me to the utmost was that Ciboria are still used in Ethiopia. Most of the time Ethiopians are very protective of the Holy of Holies, but when you move out to remote villages the altar area is not as protected, and there I was surprised that the altars I saw had a ciborium attached to the altar itself, like an extension of the corners and were dome shaped. Those I saw were in wood. I didn’t take pictures because to be honest I was already very uneasy about being let into the altar area that way. Although the guides were dismissive, after a few churches, I began to see that the clergy were annoyed… with reason.

  3. My ancestral parish of St Luke Byzantine Catholic Church has a dove tabernacle. It is made of bronze. A pyx is placed on a drawer that has the face plate that is the breast of the dove. The temple building is small, so the dove is hung by a single chain from the ceiling. The Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh ,PA, has a large gold dove tabernacle (actually, it looks more like a peacock, but whatever). This one is hung from a bronze domed ciborium.

    I appreciate the article. There is a debate that occasionally occurs in our Uniate Church, whether the baldicchino is a Latinization. Since our Church comes from the Carpathian mountains, and most extant temples were built after 1600, they typically do not have ciboria. The presence of ciboria on our temples in the US corresponds to a period of heavy Latinization, when iconstases were removed from our temples to prove somehow we were “Catholic” (whatever that means). The observation that the ciboria disappeared as the iconostasis developed is shown in reverse in our US context.

    In Christ,
    Adam

  4. Albertus

    Very interesting article with fascinating photographs. However, devotion to the reserved Sacrament of the Altar began in the Latin Church already in the twelfth century, not, as the author writes, after the Council of Trent. The feast of Corpus Domini with sacramental procession was introduced in the thirteenth century. This outward devotion to the Blessed Sacrament has stayed with us in the Latin Church ever since. It is a logical consequence of belief in the abiding Real Presence of our Lord in the reserved Sacrament of the Altar.

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