Return to Classicism in Church architecture

After too many years of utilitarian, banal, and (for many of us) off-putting modernistic trends in ecclesiastical architecture, we are seeing the beginning of a quiet, subtle, but significant shift back in the direction of traditional, Classical architecture when it comes to building churches, as exemplified in the above photo, of the interior of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, St. Thomas Aquinas College, in California (please see my separate post for more on this “new” direction in ecclesiastical architecture).

In the video below, Dennis R. McNamara explains why this is important, theologically and liturgically. It is far more than a taste, a fad, or (as he points out) a more architectural style!

“Classical architecture is fundamentally respectful of Tradition; it’s fundamentally respectful of the order of Nature as revealing the mind of God… Certain proportions are harmonic; certain ways of bringing things together are ordered and perfected and radiant, and they ring true to the eye [just as certain musical structures and harmonies ring true to the ear]. So Classicism is basically [a way of creating] architecture that is about the noblest and highest achievements humanity can [attain]. What is the most poetic, most harmonious, most ordered way to do architecture? How can it restore order to the world? So, Classicism is not a style – primarily, although there are stylistic components to it. It is a way of imitating the mind of God in architecture.” — Dennis R. McNamara, “Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy”

— Dennis R. McNamara, “Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy”


Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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