architecture on Sunday night

Jul 12, 2010

It has been a good weekend. Every weekend here is a healthy balance of study and recreation. In two weeks I will finish the studies here at the Liturgical Institute and head back to Italy for the final month of Sabbatical before returning to NZ on September 4.

Much of today (Sunday) has been taken up with reading for the Art and Architecture course. Tomorrow’s class is a four hour session. At the heart of the reading is the fact that a church building (and church art) is intended to be a sign that points us beyond earthly existence.

I have already introduced Denis McNamara to you in an earlier blog. This weekend I have been reading not only his book, but a selection of other articles he has presented. Earlier in the year he presented at a conference on Church architecture. You might appreciate another of his videos, this time from his lecture to the 2010 symposium “Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Sacred Architecture”

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