A lesson in traditional Catholic church architecture – and the Bible

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They don’t make them like this anymore

Long before most people could read, the Church was preaching the Gospel. And to do so, she used the very structure of her buildings to preach. Many of our older builds are a sermon in stone and stained glass.

The Scriptures come alive in our art, statues, paintings, and majestic stained glass windowsthat soar along the walls of our Churches like jewels of light. Even the height and shape of our older churches preach the word. The height draws our sights up to heaven as if to say, Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is seated at God’s right hand (Col 3:1). And the shape of most of our older churches is the shape of a cross. As if to say, May I never glory in anything, save the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ(Gal 6:14).

My own Parish Church is a sermon in stone and wood and glass.

Read more from Msgr. Charles Pope

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2 Comments

  1. This Church is a wonderful blend of the OT and NT (Book of Revelation) depiction of the Tabernacle of God in Heaven! What a magnificent Earthly Recreation! How blessed those members of the Parish must be to behold such a structure as they worship Christ!

  2. I highly recommend Ugly As Sin as a scholarly contemporary book on this topic.


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