An excellent post from Fr Bede Rowe on why we should not treat the altar as a table, casually resting our hands on it, putting things on it for convenience's sake and so on.
This relates very much to my previous posts (here, and here, and here, for example) on the sanctuary as a holy space. The altar is a sacred object. Unless we behave accordingly, we undermine our belief that it is in fact so.
Plutarch on post truth - And why should any one be astonished that men of wanton life lose no occasion for offering up sacrifices, as it were, of contumelious abuse ...
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