In the Roman rite (and the Anglican Missal), the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday, and is consumed at the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday. After that, the Church is empty, bare and dead. It is something like a redundant church or what happened to all too many sanctuaries in the wake of the liturgical reforms in the Roman Catholic Church.
In the Use of Sarum and for some other northern European traditions, the Blessed Sacrament (the third Host from Maundy Thursday) and the crucifix are “buried” from the end of the Mass of the Presanctified, and remain so until shortly before the Mass of Easter Sunday. This is the Easter Sepulchre, on which have already written, citing articles by others on this subject.
Which is better? I am inclined to have taken a liking to the idea of “death with hope”, in the knowledge that Christ rose from the dead – represented by the crucified body and the sacramental Body. There is a superimposition of this continuing “latent life” and the total renewal symbolised by the New Fire and the ceremony of light and the Paschal Candle. This is my impression from the experience of Sarum.
My Sepulchre is something of an improvisation, consisting of a small credence and the wooden urn I used to use for the Altar of Repose when I celebrated the Roman rite. It is covered with a humeral veil. The crucifix is laid on a cushion on the floor under the credence, and covered with a cloth to symbolise the burying.
Sorry to have forgotten to take the ugly gas heater out of the picture!
I wish all my readers an illuminating Transitus Domini and everything this Paschal Mystery can bring each and every one of you.