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The Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament

By Joseph Ratzinger

The Church of the first millennium knew nothing of tabernacles. Instead, first the shrine of the Word, and then even moreso the altar, served as sacred “tent”. Approached by steps, it was sheltered, and its sacredness underscored, by a “ciborium”, or marble baldacchino, with burning lamps hanging from it.

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