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Art and the Mystical Love of Christ

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For most people, Baroque art is just a footnote in art history, one of the many artistic movements that have had their time in the spotlight of human history.

But it is actually much more than that. After the Protestant Reformation, which saw many churches stripped of their imagery, the Church called upon artists to support the doctrines and dogmas of the faith. They responded in a marvelous way.

Baroque art has been called the art of the Counter-Reformation and it played a part in re-establishing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the hearts of the faithful.

Learn how artists portrayed even abstract concepts such as “mystical love” in Elizabeth Lev’s latest article for Aleteia

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

A History of Sacred Music

 

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Music in our churches is a difficult thing. Very often the music director’s preferences and need to express themselves artistically get in the way of music that is reverent, uplifting, and reflects the reality of the miracle that occurs at every Catholic Mass.

The history of sacred music is complicated and not without controversy.

“Like most of you, I have my preferences in the area of Church music, but we must be careful not merely to dogmatize them.”

Msgr Charles Pope has given us a thorough review of the history of sacred music. It is an excellent, though longish (3500 words) article. He provides a .pdf link to print out and read at your leisure. He also provides a summary at the end if you just don’t have time to read the whole thing.

Read the whole thing.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Restoration of St. Turibius Chapel

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There is a great article on Henninger’s website about their restoration of the St. Turibius Chapel at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

This is one of the restoration works Fr. Longnecker featured in his article about “Restoring Beauty to Our Churches.”

Take a look.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Restoring Beauty to Our Churches **Updated**

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(This is an update on a previous post with a link to a longer article)

Fr. Dwight Longenecker reports on the growing trend of restoring beauty to churches.

“The most dire consequence of post Vatican II architecture was in the loss of sacramental signification in church design.

The traditional styles, whether Byzantine or Baroque, Romanesque or Renaissance, all conveyed a symbolic language of form and meaning which were expressive of the great Scriptural metaphors of the Church herself. This was a rich and interwoven formal language of the body, the city, the temple which, regardless of epoch or style, allowed us to understand the church as both a sacred place and particularly as an expression of the heavenly realities.” – Steven Schloeder, architect

Read the article here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The Baroque Dome of the Karlskirche

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Over at the New Liturgical Movement, Peter Kwasniewski reports on a “unusual Viennese liturgical use.” But along the way he offers up some pictures of the beautiful Baroque artwork  in the dome of the church, along with an explanation of what you’re seeing.

Take a look.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The “Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages” Reopens

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Buried underground for 1500 years, Santa Maris Antiqua escaped the destruction of the iconoclast periods. Recently reopened it is a valuable reference for liturgical art from the  7th and 8th centuries.

Daniel Esparza has the story (with pictures!) at Aletia.

Jonathan Pageau, at the Orthodox Arts Journal, a partner of Pontifex University, also has an article on this byzantine treasure submitted by Fr. Paul Walker, an Anticham Orthodox priest.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Restoring Beauty To Our Churches

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker reports on the growing trend of restoring beauty to churches.

“The most dire consequence of post Vatican II architecture was in the loss of sacramental signification in church design.

The traditional styles, whether Byzantine or Baroque, Romanesque or Renaissance, all conveyed a symbolic language of form and meaning which were expressive of the great Scriptural metaphors of the Church herself. This was a rich and interwoven formal language of the body, the city, the temple which, regardless of epoch or style, allowed us to understand the church as both a sacred place and particularly as an expression of the heavenly realities.” – Steven Schloeder, architect

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Make Church Music Great Again

 

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Another terrific video by Brian Holdsworth. Using the analogy of movie soundtracks, he gives a very simple explanation as to why the music we choose to accompany Mass is important to our spiritual health.

“When it comes to Sunday worship we should be choosing and composing music that is appropriate and reflective of what’s happening.”

So what happens in Sunday Mass and how should our music reflect that?

He gies those answers in the video.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The Resurrection of Sacred Music

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In March, Pope Francis called for an end to “mediocrity, superficiality and banality” that has entered into liturgical music in the Catholic Church since Vatican II.

Aletia has a lengthy article written by Diane Montagna reporting on a survey of the current state of liturgical music.

Take a look. 

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The David Initiative

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Elizabeth Scalia at Aleteia.org reports o the David Initiative, an effort to make liturgical music as powerful as it deserves to be.

“We celebrate David for his courage as a warrior and his strength as a King, but we should never forget that before that he was a singer, a composer. The songs that David wrote were beautiful; they were passionate. They were powerful; they were moving.”

They are currently sponsoring a competition for original music with a grand prize that will appeal to musicians everywhere.

Read more:

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university