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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE AMBO.


Q. 1. What is an ambo according to the Catholic Church?

A. 1. It a few words, the "Ambo" is the place where the Scriptures are proclaimed. In the Catholic Church, the "Ambo" is not called the "pulpit."

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), the Ambo is:

309. The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and toward which the attention of the faithful naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word. It is appropriate that generally this place be a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern. The ambo must be located in keeping with the design of each church in such a way that the ordained ministers and readers may be clearly seen and heard by the faithful. From the ambo only the readings, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) are to be proclaimed; likewise it may be used for giving the Homily and for announcing the intentions of the Universal Prayer. The dignity of the ambo requires that only a minister of the word should stand at it."



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