Sunday, February 7, 2016
WHAT'S UP WITH THE JESUITS IN TAMPA???? SOMETHING VERY, VERY GOOD! AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM!
The video above shows what Jesuit High School in Tampa is preparing to do. They are going to tear down their more than 50 year old "spaceship" 1960's fad style Chapel and build a traditional chapel that "will have a center aisle to accommodate the weddings of alumni!" It will also enhance the dignity of the celebrations of Mass and each morning's convocation of students who begin the day in common with prayer. The sanctuary and style of the interior will be TRADITIONAL and within the pre-Vatican II tradition of Jesuit built churches such as Sacred Heart in Tampa and St. Joseph in Macon and Sacred Heart in Augusta!
However, you will note also that the spaceship chapel actually isn't that bad and the Jesuits have given its altar the "Benedictine" altar arrangement, i.e. traditional. And it appears that the Jesuits at Jesuit High take the liturgy seriously and have a classic choir for the Mass with orchestra which I suspect means no guitar Masses with worship and praise and other sorts of fad like music that won't sustain any Catholic for the long haul. Worship and Praise actually prepares Catholics to join non denominational denominations since that music is their music and they usually do it better than Catholics.
Please note, too, Sacred Heart Church in downtown Tampa. It was a Jesuit Church but now the Franciscan have it. However the Jesuit brother responsible for its design is the same one who designed St. Joseph here in Macon, a Jesuit Church as well as Sacred Heart in Augusta. Tampa's Church has some striking similarities to the two in Georgia.