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The gold dove over the altar — is that a hanging pyx? That was a common manner of reserving the Sacrament in medieval England; is it common among Byzantine-rite Catholics?
The dove is where the Eucharist is reserved. It is not the most common type of tabernacle in the Byzantine Catholic Church but it is used in some places, for example, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh.
I was privileged enough to meet a couple of the nuns from this monastery, in a “previous life” of mine. But, I was not fortunate enough to visit their monastery. Very nice. Good looking dogs, too.
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