Is it a fad, a trend or a welcomed return to sanity as it concerns the design of Catholic Churches? Throughout the country Catholic Churches are dumping the iconoclasm of the 1970's as it concerns Church architecture and renovations.
In the Metro Augusta area two new churches are being built both with extremely classical, traditional looks. The first is St. Teresa's of Avila in Grovetown (a suburb of Augusta) and the other is St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken, South Carolina about 16 miles from downtown Augusta. Both are neo-Romanesque, very large (in fact the Augusta church will be the largest church in the diocese).
St. Joseph Church in Macon is restoring its altar railing and has been celebrating the EF Mass for the past seven years.
Throughout the country these sorts of things are happening. Are they just the result of the magnificent liturgical leadership of Pope Benedict XVI or just a fad that will pass with His Holiness abdication and eventual passing or will the brilliant liturgical leadership of Pope Benedict have in the future a more influential effect upon local dioceses and parishes? Only time will tell.
The Deacon's Bench is reporting the Heritage Restoration and Design Studio in Illinois produced the video below, showing the impressive work they did on a small Catholic church in Texas. (The finished product is shown above).
The renovation is exceptional—and so is the process. Take a look by pressing of clicking on the image below: