Dedicating an Altar?

Question: 

We will be dedicating a new altar soon with the bishop. In the meantime, may we use this new altar or should we have the old one in place as a temporary one?

--Acting upon in Albany

Answer: 

The Rite of Dedication of an Altar, 13 says:


Since an altar becomes a sacred principally by the celebration of the eucharist, in fidelity to this truth the celebration of Mass on a new altar before it has been dedicated is to be carefully avoided, so that the Mass of dedication may also be the first eucharist celebrated on the altar.

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