2018-12-23. The ambo is the structure in the sanctuary from which the Biblical readings are proclaimed. Like the altar, it is also a table. Whereas the altar feeds us the Bread of Life, the ambo feeds us the word of life. We need both. Before the Gospel is proclaimed, we make a triple sign of the cross on our foreheads, lips, and hearts. The prayer we can pray at that time is "May the word of the Lord be on my mind, on my lips, and in my heart."