Friday, January 7, 2011

GULP Alert: Liturgical Bad Taste! UTTERLY HIDEOUS

Found in the Chapel of the La Sallian Martyrs, Taft Avenue, Manila

Bad taste...really!

Hideous and devoid of anything spiritual or Catholic!

My friend commented upon seeing this...

"That is one big ROSTRUM!"

I told him, "Yeah not bad!  Not sure if Congress or even our TV networks would want this!"

Imagine newscasters behind it.  Ugh!  Still...UGLY!

And you think you have seen everything?

No it does not look like a crucifix!  It looks like some voodoo thing!

Presenting the prototype of George Lucas' newest space craft...

This is where Lagy Gaga delivers his thank you speech after receiving her award!  This was designed by Peter Parker...

Even for a seminar hall, the place if hideous!

Maybe the ones who designed this have a liturgical magisterium of their own, higher than that of the Pope and even Vatican II...

Art at the service of the liturgy

41. The profound connection between beauty and the liturgy should make us attentive to every work of art placed at the service of the celebration. Certainly an important element of sacred art is church architecture, which should highlight the unity of the furnishings of the sanctuary, such as the altar, the crucifix, the tabernacle, the ambo and the celebrant’s chair. Here it is important to remember that the purpose of sacred architecture is to offer the Church a fitting space for the celebration of the mysteries of faith, especially the Eucharist. The very nature of a Christian church is defined by the liturgy, which is an assembly of the faithful (ecclesia) who are the living stones of the Church (cf. I Pet 2:5).

This same principle holds true for sacred art in general, especially painting and sculpture, where religious iconography should be directed to sacramental mystagogy. A solid knowledge of the history of sacred art can be advantageous for those responsible for commissioning artists and architects to create works of art for the liturgy. Consequently it is essential that the education of seminarians and priests include the study of art history, with special reference to sacred buildings and the corresponding liturgical norms. Everything related to the Eucharist should be marked by beauty. Special respect and care must also be given to the vestments, the furnishings and the sacred vessels, so that by their harmonious and orderly arrangement they will foster awe for the mystery of God, manifest the unity of the faith and strengthen devotion.
 Sacramentum Caritatis
Pope Benedict XVI - February 22, 2007

124. Ordinaries, by the encouragement and favor they show to art which is truly sacred, should strive after noble beauty rather than mere sumptuous display. This principle is to apply also in the matter of sacred vestments and ornaments.

Let bishops carefully remove from the House of God and from other sacred places those works of artists which are repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, and which offend true religious sense either by depraved forms or by lack of artistic worth, mediocrity and pretense.

All artists who, prompted by their talents, desire to serve God’s glory in Holy Church, should ever bear in mind that they are engaged in a kind of sacred imitation of God the Creator, and are concerned with works destined to be used in Catholic worship, to edify the faithful, and to foster their piety and their religious formation.

1 comment:

  1. The 'altar" or whatever that thing is is like those tables found in picnic grounds.

    The 'crucifix" or whatever that thing is can be interpreted as a heresy made into an art form! Was Christ crucified as an ethereal spirit? Well that 'crucifix" is a Docetic crucifix. Christ was crucified as a human body and underwent all the pain and suffering a human body undergoes under that kind of torture.