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Monday, November 24, 2014

Worship space for nuns

Benedictines of the Monastery of Au in Switzerland worship here.
 The tabernacle!

Modernism- sworn enemy of beauty.

Aukirche in Monschau, 1910

The same in 1962- by which time a "people's" altar had arrived, after a restoration of 1937.

This after a "restoration" in 1966.

It was atthe beginning of a rather inglorious career for the architect, Stephen Legge (he died in 2005) and his wife Ursula.
St Peter Canisius Weredohl-Eveking

 Holy Cross Arnsberg 
 St Barbara Röhlinghausen 
 St. Anno in Essen-Stoppenberg

Sunday, November 23, 2014

How not to do Eucharistic Adoration!


Full liturgical horror of a carnival Mass in Germany.


Dancing is not a form of expression for the Christian liturgy. In about the third century, there was an attempt in certain Gnostic-Docetic circles to introduce it into the liturgy. For these people, the Crucifixion was only an appearance. . . . Dancing could take the place of the liturgy of the Cross, because, after all, the Cross was only an appearance. The cultic dances of the different religions have different purposes - incantation, imitative magic, mystical ecstasy - none of which is compatible with the essential purpose of the liturgy as the "reasonable sacrifice". It is totally absurd to try to make the liturgy "attractive" by introducing dancing pantomimes (wherever possible performed by professional dance troupes), which frequently (and rightly, from the professionals' point of view) end with applause. Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. Such attraction fades quickly - it cannot compete in the market of leisure pursuits, incorporating as it increasingly does various forms of religious titillation. Pope Benedict XVI (Spirit of the Liturgy p. 198)
This their 2014 effort- Kölsch is the local dialect being used for humorous effect- this is where the theory of vernacular liturgy gets you to. At 12.42, they sing the homosexual anthem YMCA!!