Settling in for Evening Prayer at Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome
Visiting Rome’s splendid, often ancient, churches, my husband and, who attend newish, barely-decorated, kind-of-ugly churches that are heavy on the felt banners, had not realized how much we’d been missing beauty in our worship: decorative touches with meaning, a designer’s thought for the physical surroundings of our mystical worship. “They don’t make ’em like that anymore,” was an undercurrent of our appreciation.
No, they don’t. Costs are prohibitive, tastes have changed and craftsmen and artisans specialize in different modes.
They make not make ’em like “that” anymore, but the new chapels of two religious communities give hope that perhaps the idea of beauty-in-worship is being reclaimed:
In Arizona, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery write: Each step of this journey has been STEEPED in prayer – as is evident in the final product which is more beautiful than we dared to dream. . . . We are still several months away from being able to have the Chapel consecrated (will keep you up to date on that) – as we await the completion of the pews and a few other interior appointments. But those months will fly by.
I found the video more enjoyable, and the work easier to concentrate on, with the sound off:
More pictures here.
O/T but another great video: Rocco Palmo sums up the UK Papal Visit