The Sanctuary A place set a part
The Hearth • The place to keep the fire • The place to gather • The place to come to learn and understand • The place where you feel warm and safe • When we look at the concept of hearth, we can see the void left. Who takes care of the hearth? • who keeps the fire burning? • Who gathers? • Who teaches? • Who embraces?
Translating Hearth into Sanctuary Community hearth, Where, Who, When?
The Temple • The place to keep the fire • The place to gather • The place to come to learn and understand • The place where you feel warm and safe • When we look at the concept of hearth, we can see the void left. Who takes care of the hearth? • who keeps the fire burning? • Who gathers? • Who teaches? • Who embraces?
Chartres Cathedral • The Nave • The Choir • The Sanctuary • apse
Pillared Temple HallTamil Nadu, India, 1550 AD • Creating mystical places to teach about the holy, what sacred is to God and human beings.
Reserving places in which to encounter the sacred • A place, like Sinai, in which we take off our shoes • No longer a place where we do ordinary things
A place set apart by the People of God to perform the Sacred Rites • How do we prepare to enter? • Each piece in its place
Saint John Vianney took special care of the Sanctuary at Ars because It was the gift of his People to God • He gave the best to God
The Sanctuary • Consecrated (sealed with Chrism) • Altar of Sacrifice • Predella • Altar • Mensa • Altar of the Word • Tabernacle
The Lamp • Represents the new hearth place; the fire tended to by the priests of the Sanctuary
How do we teach sacredness? • What are special places? • Domestic Shrines • Local Shrines • What role does the kitchen play in families? • Sacred Cycle of Liturgical Calendar
The Holy of Holies • Who enters the Sanctuary? • Theater • Auditorium • Stadium • What is appropriate in our Sanctuary? • Genuflection v. Bow (profound and simple) • Altar v. Tabernacle • Purifying the vessels (communion plates) and the use of the Corporal
Sanctuaries are personal & intimate • Within the Divine Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass • The Altar is Christ • The Priest is Christ • The Word is Christ • Outside the Divine Liturgy • The reserved Sacrament is Christ • The Sanctuary is not diminished • The Altar as the ‘footstool of God,’ the Sanctuary is where God dwells.