4.1 - Catholic Church architecture (How Church design reflects belief…
4.1 - Catholic Church architecture
How Churches are used
How Church design reflects belief
Tell stories of the saints and from the Bible - useful when people couldn't read.
Many Churches face east
The sun rises in the east, as Jesus rose on the day of the resurrection
High vaulted ceilings and spires
Connect to heaven and reach towards God
Many Churches are cruciform
The cross is a symbol of the Church, a reminder of Jesus' death and sacrifice
Some Churches are octagonal
They represent a star, bringing light into the world
Some Churches are round
They represent the eternal nature of God
The role of church buildings
"Church buildings design matters for worship:
It 'ought to be in good taste and a worthy place for prayer and sacred ceremonial" (CCC 1181)
"Mass can still take place outside the church building:
'worship ... is not tied exclusively to any one place. The whole earth is sacred" (CCC 1179)
"The church building is an important symbol of God:
Church buildings 'make visible the Church living in this place'" (CCC 1180)
The word "church" means the "House of the Lord"
Church buildings design often reflects symbolism in Catholicism.
Church buildings are an important place for Catholics to pray and worship.