Ever hear of the “Holy of Holies?”
Today’s Lesson: The Tabernacle
The “Holy of Holies” was the innermost chamber in the Temple of Jerusalem reserved only for the High Priest. Today, in a Catholic church, the “Holy of Holies” is the tabernacle, because inside of it, in a golden vessel covered by a silk veil, is the Holy Eucharist, which is the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is really, truly and substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine.
The Church stipulates that the tabernacle should be clearly visible, noble, beautiful, safe, and secure, so in most churches it is placed in the center of the sanctuary, and can only be opened with a key. Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “The Holy Eucharist is the center of absolutely everything.”
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