If man already lives an "engraced" existence naturally, and the sacramental union with Christ is ontologically superfluous, a mere symbol of entrance into a "faith community," then the altar rail (iconostasis, the rood screen) that separates the natural world of the faithful and the supernatural world of the Divine mysteries must go. As Christ is already present in the community, the sacramental presence of Our Lord in the tabernacle is now superfluous and can therefore be removed from the sanctuary precinct. With the traditional concept of the Mystical Body obscured, the images of saints and holy mysteries, a tradition going back to the catacombs, are removed in favor of a single figure of the "Risen Lord"He is grateful that the laity have not succumbed to these "strange and alien teachings".
Sunday, 7 September 2008
"strange and alien teachings"
On his blog Tidbits, Bishop Medroso from the Philippines has a thoughtful and interesting article called The People of God, the Liturgy and the Religious Artists. He looks at the question of modern architecture and its theological basis. He quotes H Reed Armstrong: