Ambo Asyoulookatthealtar,theambo(meaning“raisedtable”)istoyourleft.Thisiswherethelectors the deacon and priestproclaimtheWordofGod.Holy Spirit follows a cycle of readings in the Liturgy called the Revised Common Lectionary (complementary cycle). Every Sunday we read from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Christian Testament and the Holy Gospel. The lectionary is a cycle or calendar of readings that goes through much of the Bible in a three year period. Beginning December 2020 and continuing through 2021 we are in Year B. The amboisalsotheplacewherethecantorcanproclaimthepsalminsong.
Chair Near the front of the chapel is a unique chair reserved for the bishop. When the bishop is the presider, the pastoral staff or "crosier" is attached to its side. The bishop sits in this chair of wisdom - traditionally called the "cathedra." From that chair, the bishop teaches the Gospel - the excellence of which far exceeds the wisdom of this world. The bishop's wisdom comes from the life of prayer and contemplation of the mysteries of the Gospel in the face of human suffering and joy. The chair is shared with priests when the bishop is not the presider.
Tabernacle The Eucharist, referred to as the Blessed Sacrament, is kept in the tabernacle. The tabernacle is the veiled furnishing on the pedestal to the left of the altar. It is veiled with the liturgical color of the season or special feast. People are encouraged to come and pray quietly before the Liturgy or during times that the parish center is open.
Thecandlemountedonthewallabovethetabernacleislitto honortheHoly Eucharistwhen it ispresent.TheonlydaysthecandleisnotlitisGoodFridayandHolySaturday.Onallotherdays,weprofoundly bowourheadorgenuflectatthekneetoshowreverenceandrespectfortheEucharist…theRealPresenceofJesus.
Marian Shrine Lifeseemstorequiretimesofwaiting.Inhopeorfear,ofnotknowingwhatmaycomenext.Mary,theMotherofJesus,isourwaitingcompanionthroughthislife.Onetimeofunknowinginherlifewasaftersheheldthebodyofherdeadsoninherlapandburiedhim.Yetshehasexperiencedadeeperwayofknowing:trustinGod’sabidingloveandmercy,andResurrection.
StationsoftheCross TheStationsoftheCrosshangonthewallonnorth and southwallsofthechapel.Theyaremadeofclay,anddepictfourteeneventsinthesufferinganddeathofJesus.TheStationsoftheCrossareaprayerfuljourneywherewecanjoinwithChristinthoughtandprayerasHewalkedtowardHisdeath.TheStationsoftheCrossareprayedoften,mostespeciallyduringtheseasonofLentandonGoodFriday,thedayofJesus’death.