Shawn Tribe, in 2009 article (well worth reading in its entirety) at The New Liturgical Movement, concludes:
Without excluding a proper manifestation of these things, I would take this opportunity to again propose that as regards the altar itself, far better and far more liturgical is it to do so by vesting the altar with a proper altar frontal, letting the colour of the liturgical season speak to the time in the liturgical year. This has the effect of not only fully vesting the altar, but further emphasizes the centrality of the altar itself, thus accomplishing both ends.
|The altar is well-hidden and disguised as a ceiling of sorts.|
|OMG. This one is bad on many, many counts!|
Wait...is this in a mall?
|Nativity scene with large rectangular ice block behind it?|
|From the pews, I'll bet the altar is barely visible.|
|Do you get the impression that the floral arrangement is primary?|
|Um....couldn't they have found room |
for a few more poinsettias?
|As my daughter would say: "Seriously?! I mean...seriously?!"|