As noted above, out of the understanding of Vatican II the focus during the celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy is upon the Altar and the full, conscious and active participation of all the baptized. It is a communal celebration ( this communal sense is the reason we remain standing as one Body until the last person receives).
The reservation of the Eucharist developed historically and remains today primarily for those who are sick and dying and then as adoration and private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. To that end, we can recognize two different areas within the space focused on the Eucharist. The Nave wherein the public communal celebrations the Eucharistic liturgy occurs and the Reservation Chapel which is a space for reservation of the Sacrament for those in need and for personal prayer and reflection. One is public/communal and the other is private/personal.
The Tabernacle and Sanctuary Lamp are unique and designed by Kerns Group Architects and Ken von Roenn, Architectural Glass Art of Louisville, KY and fabricated by Architectural Glass Art.
The Stain Glass window is designed by award winning artist Stephen Wilson of Baton Rouge, LA and takes its inspiration from the Potomac River. Look closely and see what the artist describes:
Christ’s hand is lifted above the current and His blood flows into the stream. As Christians we trade our sorrows , sickness, pain and suffering for what Christ offers us – hope, Himself. In a symbolic way the green band in this window surrounds the Tabernacle, as the rainbow surrounds His throne in Revelation.
– Stephen Wilson.