|Apse of the Karaganda Cathedral.|
|The two altars sit in harmonious proximity to each other|
and appear almost as one unit.
Standing in front of the High altar is another altar, freestanding. A timber altar, with rather beautifully done carving, is the altar at which Mass is intended to be celebrated. But it is not fixed: it sits on a splendid carpet at the same level as the High altar, and the whole thing could readily be moved out of the way. But this altar was consecrated and a rather ingenious method of construction was then revealed. Approximately two-thirds of the mensa was a slab of marble, incised with consecration crosses and set into the timber table of the altar. There is ample historic precedent for such an arrangement, which was referred to in mediaeval times as a superaltar. Beneath the mensa was placed a small house containing the sacred relics (see image below).
|The large marble stone set into the mensa of the freestanding altar.|
|Detail of the High altar shewing the patina of the old paintwork.|
|A relic house about to be placed beneath the freestanding altar.|
|The sanctuary of the Karaganda Cathedral, seen during the celebration of weekday Mass,|
shewing the two altars appearing as one harmonious unit.