I asked that this be done for Pentecost Sunday, 2007 at St. Joseph Church Macon. And they did it! Was it too much they did?
Was the fabric a brighter red in person...?
I can’t remember but not fire engine red.
Burgundy Blood of Christ red?
Seemed like a good idea at the time? You never know until you try?A bit over the top to my eyes and distracts from a beautiful church and altar, but really not bad, only jarring to what is already there, the lines clashing. I would not have complained had I been there, just seems a little much in the rearview mirror.
Father, I always wondered as to access to such cupolas. How do you get up there? My assumption is the journey would start by going up a bell tower, but from there, all I can guess is there is a passageway from the tower in between the exterior roof and interior ceiling? I have never otherwise seen an obvious way of getting up to such cupolas.
I like when the pulpit is high and the priest can look over the congregation.
As it was only temporary, I don't see the harm. This was clearly thoughtfully done. That aside, not my favorite. There's already more then enough to look at in that church. I'm not a fan of doo-dads hanging here and there in churches - they mostly aren't attractive.
We never really need to have decoration, but they are good for festive occasions and in this case your use was tastefully done and I would have enjoyed it. But did you consider using some burlap with a dove and PEACE written on them in a nice modern script? Has there been a burlap revival? I haven't seen many in my area lately, maybe they'll come back in style.
I really like it, it strikes me as period appropriate. I've seen similar things in turn of the century pictures for major feasts and events. I disagree that it clashes with the architecture and lines of the building. It's quite the opposite.
I like it.Yes the Church is already ornate but that doesn’t mean there can’t be additional ornamentation to highlight significant dates in the liturgical year. We do it for Christmas and Easter, so why not Pentecost- which is an undervalued feast in the NO calendar.The red fabric is very in keeping and not dissimilar to the use of red silk/velvet banners used in the Roman tradition (and still used at traditionalist centres like the Brompton Oratory in London).It’s a shame you couldn’t get the local fire service to use their hydraulic ladders to drop rose petals from the dome top onto the congregation below during the final hymn of Veni Creator Spiritus - like is still done at the Panethon (aka Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres or Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs)
Father, you married Maria and me that Saturday. I remember seeing those and thinking, "Wow, They must really like us to hang those things just for our wedding." Later I felt so embarrassed at my hubris when I realized it was for Pentecost! But I had never seen them before or since.
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