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Not really. As John Briggs wrote, the problem is the drain. Until the post 
Vatican II changes, the rubrics required that water used in cleansing 
vessels, purificators or corporals (i.e., anything that came into contact 
with the consecrated species) drain directly into the ground deep enough 
that it would be below the surface. Simply having a pitcher and bowl and 
pouring water outside wouldn't really satisfy. One was supposed to use a 
drain that directed the water used below the surface of the ground.

Stan Metheny

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> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
>
>>>
>>> A portable altar?  Temporary altars, and nave altars?  There are plenty
>>> of places in churches where we can be confident that there were altars,
>>> but no trace of a piscina can now be found.  I agree that some sort of
>>> arrangement must have been made, but we cannot be certain what was
>>> actually done.
>>
>> Surely a bowl and a jug/pitcher of water on a table beside the altar
>> would answer the need.
>
> It is the drain that is the main problem - and was obviously seen as
> essential, as so much effort went into providing a permanent piscina.
>
> John Briggs
>
>
> Yes, but was the used water considered sacred in any way?  Piscinas drain
> into the ground.  Surely the water from a bowl could be carefully poured
> into the churchyard?
>
> I suppose I am approaching this problem in an entirely 
> practical/housewifely
> way. A fixed washbasin with a drain is far more convenient than a bowl 
> that
> has to be carried away and emptied, but the latter is not to be despised 
> if
> needed.
>
> If the nave altar in our church is where I think it would have been, no 
> way
> could there have been a piscina, unless the Priest was willing to walk to 
> a
> side chapel to wash his hands.
>
> Anne
>
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