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Posts Tagged ‘Side Chapels’

Thy Kingdom (is) Come

December 27th, 2013, Promulgated by Bernie

This altar is in a Lima, Peru church. I don’t recall which one. It may have been a side altar in the cathedral.

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I’ve been reading N. T. Wright’s How God Became King which argues that the Church (all the Christian denominations) has failed –to a certain extent– to emphasize what the four Gospels make perfectly clear, that the Kingdom is not something in the future but something already established. The Church has emphasized the concepts proclaimed in the great historical Creeds, the incarnation and atonement, but not the appearance of the Kingdom as addressed in the Gospels and as understood by the earliest Christians; the bookends of the Gospels have been preached but not the center of the Gospels.

I immediately think of the over-the-top traditional liturgical art of Spanish influenced churches. Realistic images in realistic narrative arrangements framed by abundance and lavish throne-room like environments. The contrast is particularly striking in altars where passion scenes and the crucifixion are presented: Utter failure presented as ultimate success. Evil has spent itself and the King rules!

The locals who use these churches and see these fantastic altars must have a heightened sense that the Kingdom has arrived and is present, that God is King over all no matter what other power rules.

Side Chapel in Lisbon Church

March 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Somewhat along the lines of our Lenten series on crosses.

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Photo by Bernie

Side Altar in Burano, Italy

March 5th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Images in the Chancel!

Florence Side Chapel

October 30th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Florence “Duomo” -cathedral.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence Italy (Photo by Bernie)

Side Chapel

October 24th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie

Side Chapel, Dinan, France. (Photo by Bernie Dick)

Good Morning!

October 15th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie

"Side Altar Flowers" Photo by Bernie Dick

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Side Chapels

October 13th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie


Side Chapel in a church in Dinan, France

Side chapels are often frequented throughout the day in churches of large urban centers -those you can into on the off hours. Churches located in older cities tend, of course, to be older buildings.

Aging environment, candles, flowers, some disorder, natural light, a devotional image with which we can identify; I’m flaky enough to appreciate that mood matters.

Evidence of What is Believed

September 23rd, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie
There’s no mistaking that something important is kept here.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Evora Cathedral, Portugal; photo by Bernard Dick