Tabernacle in the background to the far right where consecrated Roman Catholic
Eucharistic elements are kept.
THE CRUCIFIX. In most cases, a crucifix (a cross bearing a three-
dimensional image of Christ) will be prominently displayed in the background
behind the altar, usually on or against the wall (see figure 3-48). If the crucifix
cannot be placed anywhere but on the altar itself, it may be laid flat on the front
center portion of the altar so as to maintain an unimpeded view of the Mass for
the worshipers who are present.
CANDLES. If the candles are small, they may be placed on the front corners
of the altar so as to provide an unimpeded view of the altar for the worshipers
(see figure 3-49). Larger candles may be placed to the side of the altar in special
mounting brackets or stands, if their use is preferred by the priest.
THE ROMAN MISSAL. The source of the modern Roman Catholic
Eucharistic Liturgy is the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The
Roman Missal is divided into two parts which are referred to as the
Figure 3-48.-The crucifix.