Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Santa Maria Regina Pacis of Ostia

Back when they knew how to build churches.

A church worthy of the name. 

"Apartness" in sacred architecture. 

Romani (Romans) on summer holiday attend Holy Mass here.

Consecrated in 1928.

The architect was Giuglio Magni.  Google him.  

Since that time, art has taken another turn, refusing to bless human life with anything like a vision of redemption.  But at least times are changing as we return to the classical forms.  

T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land describes the modern city as a soulless desert.  If we can grasp the emptiness of modern life, this is in part because good art and good liturgy (lived and displayed inside and outside the churches) point to another way of being - while inviting us to another place.   For beauty in church architecture makes a claim to us: to renounce our narcissism and look with reverence on the divine. 

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