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When was the last time you went into a church?

 
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 06:01 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
I haven't been since I spent the month in Italy in '99. At this point I am mostly interested in the buildings, the spaces, the art, the quiet (outside of services), even the spaces outside, the role of churches in towns and cities. There's a piazza in Rome where the surrounding buildings have the same shapes as the baroque church facade. I try not to disturb anyone there with my looking. I used to be a fervent catholic, and when I left I was pretty angry, but all that was back in the early sixties and the anger against religion is gone, though I've mixed feelings about its effect on humanity and the earth - but it's made by humans and will continue to exist.

I still like gregorian chant, and remember organ music on easter well - and know (once knew better) about the role of religion in some developments in music.

On that Italy trip, I probably went into twenty churches, chasing Caravaggio and Rafael and Michelangelo and lots of others, but also, chasing the spaces and the quiet.
blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 06:12 pm
@hawkeye10,
I like that.
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 06:14 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
people certainly project being their best when at church, I'll give you that
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George
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 06:48 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:
. . . On that Italy trip, I probably went into twenty churches, chasing
Caravaggio and Rafael and Michelangelo and lots of others, but also,
chasing the spaces and the quiet.
What was your favorite?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 07:01 pm
@George,
I'll have to think about it. I've some favorites from before too.


Ok -
There are two jewel boxes (San Carlo Borromeo and Sant'Andrea Quirinale (right next to each other, one by Borromini and the other by Bernini) but ... for some reason I really liked Sant'Agostino's. And then there's Santa Maria del Populo, my early and maybe still favorite.
And I'll throw in the Pantheon when it's just about empty.

How about you?
George
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 07:11 pm
@ossobuco,
Never been to Italy, alas.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 07:16 pm
@George,
Oh, George, I bet you'd like it.
George
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 07:17 pm
@ossobuco,
Someday . . .
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 23 Apr, 2014 07:19 pm
@George,
If and when, pm me. Not that I'd think of telling you what to see, but if you have questions.
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Romeo Fabulini
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 08:12 am
Nobody has to go to church if they don't want.
Jesus said-"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matt 6:6)

And if a church is full of crackpots we should definitely stay clear-
"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm" (Proverbss 13:20)

Instead, we should stick with people who make us feel good-
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17)

And it's perfectly alright to meet in each others homes instead of in a church. All the early Christians began as "Home groups"..Smile

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raprap
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 10:09 pm
Fer Services? I flipped through a TV service last sunday---they were talking about this guy named jebus.

In a Church? Almost weekly--they're dumpsters overflow with recyclables. That jebus is a wasteful kinda guy--throws away a bunch good stuff.

Rap
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 10:27 pm
@raprap,
What kinda good stuff have you gotten rap?
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 11:56 pm
Last Sunday.
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Buttermilk
 
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Reply Fri 25 Apr, 2014 03:27 am
@chai2,
It's been too long! I'm not opposed to going to a Church, Synagouge, or Mosque but my philosophy is that contemporary faiths today and subsequently their members simply make me unattracted to the idea of stepping footing into a "House of God."
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George
 
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Reply Sun 27 Apr, 2014 10:42 am
This Sunday turned out to be not so back-to-normal after all. We had
visitors, two busloads of young people from Toronto. Young men from
St. Michael's and young women from Holy Name of Mary. The latter were
a choir and they sang during communion. Wonderful!

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