We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
Click image for original | © Vitrearum (Allan Barton)

Monday, April 6, 2015


In this case, of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.




The 1959 "updating" is interesting for several reasons (although I wish there were more and better pictures): (1) it is a fairly unobjectionable modernizing (except for the carpeting) that left intact a raised altar, set towards the east and with altar rails and sedilia (although someone has ripped out the pulpit); (2) it is yet another reminder of just how strong the impulses of the reforming moment were, even before V2; and (3) it is noteworthy that, at that time, no one felt a need (yet) to remove all statuary, imagery, and side altars. But by 2012 (or sometime before then), the process of radical elimination and of homey banalisation was complete.

Over-familiarity = de-sacralization.

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