Wednesday, June 27, 2018

BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY FORM IN A CHURCH BUILT OR AT LEAST RENOVATED FOR THE ORDINARY FORM MASS

These are photos from the New Liturgical Movement of the opening Mass at a recent workshop on Gregorian Chant and polyphony.

Please note how a post-Vatican II modern altar in a renovated or perhaps new church can be made to look as though there is continuity between in and what was experienced prior to Vatican II.

I like it!





6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some may disagree, but I like the sanctuary. I will the priest concelebrating had worn a chasuble.

ByzRC said...

I both like it and I don't. I like it as a vast improvement on what modernists and liturgists called for/demanded in recent years. I don't like it because it's representative of Catholic tradition in a neocon sort of way. It gives the appearance of tradition without being outright traditional. I don't care for the altar either. It looks like a server for a porch, not the sanctuary of a church. No predella either.

Richard M. Sawicki said...

BEE-YOO-TEE-FULLLL!!!!!!

Yes!!!

Gaudete in Domino Semper!

Carol H. said...

The back wall is beautiful, but I'm afraid I disagree about the altar. It looks like a fancy ironing-board to me.

TJM said...

Bishop Perry is a wonderful celebrant and very close to the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. I suspect he is not too happy with the treatment Father Phillips has received

Anonymous said...

I googled the chapel. It was built in 1939 in the art deco style with the high altar sitting under the center painting. The chapel received an unsympathetic "Vatican II" style makeover in the 1980s. The 1980s renovation placed the altar in the midst of the nave surrounded by chairs, with a wall built to block off the original sanctuary so as minimize the features of the original design. A recent renovation sought to re-harmonize the space and once again play up the chapel's architecture and murals, so the altar was moved back to the original sanctuary. At this time, the angels were also added to the sanctuary wall.

I'd prefer a more substantial altar (though the current one was meant to play off the art deco design) and the columns are a little too theatrical - but if you find a picture of the 1980s renovation you'll see that it is *so* much better after the renovation.

-Jack Wayne