Category Archives: Built of Living Stones

Built of Living Stones 257-261: Conclusion

Let’s wrap up the document … § 257 § Church architecture embodies the Gospel and awakens true liturgical piety in all believers, drawing them into the life of the Triune God.(Catechism 1079-1109) The eucharistic piety around which churches are built … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 253-256: Preservation of the Artistic Heritage of the Church

A great deal of confidence in blending tradition with modern creativity: § 253 § The coexistence of past and present called for in renovating and restoring church art and architecture is not without rich, multilayered and successful precedent. “The Church … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 247-252: The Space for the Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament

Let’s take a longer look at the reservation of the Eucharist in a renovated church. § 247 § In an earlier chapter, the issue of the location of the tabernacle was covered. The structure of the existing building will determine … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 245-246: The Altar

Two issues today. First, the altar. The one altar: § 245 § In the construction of new churches, there should be only one altar to signify the one Eucharist and the one Lord, Jesus Christ, who gathers the community at … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 240-244: Renovation of Churches

What to do when a beloved church building must be renovated? § 240 § When renovation of a church is to be undertaken or when it becomes necessary to raze an old church, special care is needed. A church that … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 238-239: Special Issues in the Renovation of Churches

Let’s tackle the very delicate situation when it is discerned that an existing church building must be significantly altered. § 238 § When a parish constructs a new building, there are many options available for responding to the liturgical needs … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 236-237: The Sacrarium

I think it is possible to take good care of sacred things without giving the appearance of extreme scrupulosity. The sacrarium assists with this: § 236 § The sacristy near the sanctuary will usually contain the sacrarium, the special sink … Continue reading

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