Monday, June 18, 2007

SEE THE ARTICLE, From Of the Atmosphere of a Church, 1947, at the Shrine of the Holy Whapping:
The purpose of a church is [...] to move to worship, to bring a man to his knees, to refresh his soul in a weary land. That would seem to be the Creator's purpose towards man in giving him the beauty of nature, and it should be the purpose of all art... For mankind in the mass the neglect of beauty spells the hardness and narrowness either of a puritan or of a materialist...

The note of a church should be, not that of novelty, but of eternity. Like the Liturgy celebrated within, the measure of its greatness will be the measure in which it succeeds in eliminating time and producing the atmosphere of heavenly worship....

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