Holy Church has given two great gifts to all of humanity: art and saints.
Both art and saints reflect God’s beauty and, therefore, call to each man to recognize also what is good and what is true.
Art reflects God’s beauty through inanimate things and saints reflect His beauty as animate. In each case His images are His agents, so that we can can even call art, God’s grandchildren.
I’ve long thought that the architecture, art and music of each given age and culture employed for worship reflects that people’s self-understanding and their understanding of who and what the Church is. There is a simultaneous enrichment constantly going on between a culture and a people with the Church through which they offer their first duty, proper worship through the virtue of Religion. When the world’s offering is given logical priority in this chronologically simultaneous exchange, one result is produced. When what the Church has to give to the world is given logical priority, another result is produced.
And, thus, I arrive at the goal of this post. Behold a photo from a Solemn Mass at the Faldstool at the Wallfahrtskirche in Birnau.
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There are so many things to say about this photo.