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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Church of St. Raymond of Penafort

This is a picture of the Church of St. Raymond of Penafort from Fairfax Station, Virginia. It is a good sign for the Church if more church sanctuaries are built like this.


del_button January 16, 2007 at 11:10 PM
Louis said...

I went to the web site and looked at all of the photos. Wow! It looks like a REAL church. I've seen so many that almost seem like they are trying to conceal the fact that they are churches.

del_button January 17, 2007 at 6:48 PM
natalie said...

I wish churches like this one could be built here in California. Virginia's very lucky. Thanks for the picture!

del_button January 18, 2007 at 9:49 AM
amtsn said...

Yes, whoever planned this church was thinking of the congregation. Our church is fairly new and modern. Although I am not a big fan of the minimilist design, it does elimate distractions during Mass. However, our crucifix--which is one of the most beautiful and the largest I've ever seen--is at a good distance toward the left side of the altar. When I attend Mass I desire to look at the crucifix when saying the prayers instead of looking at the priest. For me, that becomes almost a distraction because I have to almost move my whole body to do this. I wish there was a ruling from Rome which states that the crucifix must be directly in back of the altar as it was for centuries before.

del_button January 19, 2007 at 7:39 PM
katoliko said...

amtsn, while i agree that having the crucifix in the middle will aid us, that's only the crucifix, a representation of OLJC. what's really sad is that the Tabernacle is no longer located on the altar. What, or rather WHO is inside the tabernacle should be in the center of our focus, on the altar, visible and easily found by a visitor, not placed in some little room, and definitely not placed in the corner.

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