Anybody ever notice such a hole in the ceiling? Or plan to put one in a new church building? According to the wiki:
In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and great churches throughout Western Europe were fitted with a peculiar architectural feature known as a Holy Ghost hole: a small circular opening in the roof that symbolized the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the midst of the congregation. At Pentecost, these Holy Ghost holes would be decorated with flowers, and sometimes a dove figure lowered through into the church while the narrative of Pentecost was read.
Obviously, this is more than just a leak to let the rain in. While I doubt the Holy Spirit is impeded by a solid ceiling, still it’s a delightful tradition. I’ve heard of worse expressions during the liturgical year: Jesus zip-lining into a manger from the choir loft, priests riding donkeys on Palm Sunday to name two.
I suppose some considerations might include:
- The hole should be over the assembly, not the sanctuary.
- Rose petals through the hole strike me as a best practice. Not a bird on a wire.
- How to give access to the space between the roof and ceiling: most modern constructions lack this.
- On that last point, it might be too costly to install that upper space. Maybe just blowing out petals from a balcony might be enough.
Any ideas on how to build and how to utilize such a thing?
Image credit from the wiki: Saints Peter and Paul Church in Söll, Austria.