Thursday, June 15, 2006
New Liturgy Translations May Cause Demand For Roofless Churches
(Left: The potential view from the imagined St. Mary's Church of Utah, courtesy of Glazing Vision.)
Breaking news on liturgical reform in the U.S. from the Washington Post.
The Ironic Catholic has heard that new liturgical wording of the Mass in the United States will likely create a new architectural wave called "the Open Air Church."
As a Post article (above) notes, "The prayer said before Communion would become 'Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,' instead of 'Lord, I am not worthy to receive you.'" The architectural firm of Jennings and Sommerville, Ltd. revealed that they had already had two calls about roofless Church buildings.
"I think we can do it," mused Byron Jennings. "Maybe a retractable roof like so many stadiums have. "
But--why a roofless Church?--is the obvious question. "I can't say for certain, the two who called were a bit scattered by the breaking news," said Julia Sommerville, "but I think our contacts were concerned that the translation was a little stilted and people would take it literally. You know, self-esteem would take a blow. So perhaps a retractable roof would ease the minds of Catholics receiving the Eucharist."
"I like the notion of 'The Open-Air' Church," argued Jennings. "We'll be happy to start building as soon as a capital campaign has been started in each parish."