Monday, October 29, 2012

Importance of Church Architecture

Anita at V-For-Victory makes some good points here, based on a homily found at Audio Sancto website. (There are hundreds of good homilies on various topics at this website.)
Anita notes a comment made by Winston Churchill: we shape our buildings, and then our buildings shape us. She adds:

Catholic churches are no different.  From floor to ceiling, a Catholic church is catechesis in stone, wood and glass.  It is not only the stained-glass windows and the statuary that contain lessons about the faith, but the very architecture.  Have you ever thought about the significance of the three distinct spaces within a Catholic church: the vestibule, the nave, and the sanctuary?  The vestibule symbolizes the underworld; the nave symbolizes the earth; the sanctuary symbolizes heaven.  Different standards of behavior apply in each.

Finish reading the post here; it’s not long, and you may be interested in reading some of Anita’s other posts as well. And don’t forget to check out the good homilies at Audio Sancto.


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