Respect for the altar

It is not uncommon for photographers to use the altar as a convenient place for organising their photographic equipment or to move altar candles because they might block the faces of the couple in the wedding video. One photographer even stood on the altar during the signing of the register to get a bird’s eye view of proceedings! The sacred nature and symbolic significance of the altar is clearly spelt out in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. - Elizabeth Harrington / Liturgy Lines