“Art in the Sanctuary”

A reader recently alerted me to a new website titled Art in the Sanctuary. It has the potential to be an amazing resource for parishes. The website markets itself as “a beginner’s guide to planning, creating, and installing temporary liturgical art.” It more than fulfills that objective.

There are five pillars to the website:

  • Informing – and explain the rightful place of liturgical art
  • Planning – and assessing your worship space and rigging methods
  • Creating – as a collaborative ministry, theological reflection and evaluation
  • Installing – and ensuring the finished art is secure and visible for worship
  • Resources – and how to find more information including contacting the author and experts

The website walks you through the process of installing art and provides a step-by-step guide through each of these five pillars.

I strongly recommend that anyone who is in charge of environment in their parish take a look at this website. I found many of their designs and suggestions helpful and inspiring.

There is a need today for Catholic parishes to pay more attention to environment and art in their sanctuaries. In addition to any comments you may have after visiting Art in the Sanctuary, please comment below if you know of any more resources that would be helpful to those in charge of art and environment in their parish communities.

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  1. Interesting site. It seems principally concerned with banners, hangings and tapestries — there are of course many other ways of bringing art into the sanctuary.

    On two of the site pages are a photo of the millennial celebrations in Washington National Cathedral, with hangings by Nancy Chinn on each pillar of the nave. In my opinion these fail in their purpose because the angled blocks of colour appear (in the photo) to have the effect of fencing-in the congregation, even compressing them into the nave and making it seem even narrower than it already is.

    I hope this site will be able to incorporate discussions of the anthropological and functional aspects of church art as well as the aesthetic and practical aspects.

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