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Building from Belief: Advance, Retreat, and Compromise in the Remaking of Catholic Church Architecture [Paperback]

By Michael E. DeSanctis (Author) & Donald W. Trautman (Preface by)
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In Building from Belief, Michael DeSanctis treats a variety of topics that concern the creation and use of liturgical space. He brings the historical development of both the Church and its architecture into clear view and focuses on the need for catechesis and conversion. DeSanctis calls for a change of heart on the part of the worshiping community, the building committee, professionals involved in the design process, and of the Church. By keeping the theological concepts of grace and sacramentality in mind, he offers rich insights to these fundamental Christian realities and provides hope and excitement about using the gifts of beauty, grace, and holiness. The essays in this book are an invitation to build the promised kingdom, allowing the grace of God into our hearts and in our spaces. DeSanctis encourages those who embark on the journey of building to ask the same question that the Fathers of Vatican II asked: how to be Church in a modern world. He shows that the worship that rises from our communities is indeed a true expression of that belief.

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Imagine what Sundays in a parish could be if worshiping communities are assured that the liturgy in their spaces might be a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy. Or what town-hall meetings "could also" be in a place where parish committees are inspired to know that they can be the instruments of truth and beauty. The essays in "Building from Belief" focus on Catholic church architecture and invite those who are involved in the creation of worship space to be the world's memory of what beauty looks like, and what sanctity feels like."

In "Building from Belief," Michal DeSanctis treats a variety of topics that concern the creation and use of liturgical space. He brings the historical development of both the Church and its architecture into clear view and focuses on the need for catechesis and conversion. DeSanctis calls for a change of heart on the part of the worshiping community, the building committee, professionals involved in the design process, and of the Church. By keeping the theological concepts of grace and sacramentality in mind, he offers rich insights to these fundamental Christian realities and provides hope and excitement about using the gifts of beauty, grace, and holiness.

The essays in "Building from Belief" are an invitation to build the promised kingdom, allowing the grace of God into our hearts and in our spaces. DeSanctis encourages those who embark on the journey of building to ask the same question that the Fathers of Vatican II asked: how to be Church in a modern world. He shows that the worship that rises from our communities is indeed a true expression of that belief.

Chapters under Part I are *Beauty, Holiness and Liturgical Space, - *Catholic Sacramentality and the Reform of Sacred Architecture, - *The Pastoral Dimension of Church Renovation, - *Let's Stop Renovating Church Buildings (And Start Renovating the Church), - and *Coming to Terms with Modern Design. - Chapters under Part II are *Worshiping in 'No place': Casual Observations on Liturgy in the Second Machine Age, - *Images By Which We Live and Build, - and *The Quest for 'Noble Simplicity.'- Includes eight pages of full-color photographs with black-and-white photographs and illustrations throughout. Imagine what Sundays in a parish could be if worshiping communities are assured that the liturgy in their spaces might be a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy. Or what town-hall meetings "could also" be in a place where parish committees are inspired to know that they can be the instruments of truth and beauty. The essays in "Building from Belief" focus on Catholic church architecture and invite those who are involved in the creation of worship space to be *the world's memory of what beauty looks like, and what sanctity feels like. -

In "Building from Belief," Michal DeSanctis treats a variety of topics that concern the creation and use of liturgical space. He brings the historical development of both the Church and its architecture into clear view and focuses on the need for catechesis and conversion. DeSanctis calls for a change of heart on the part of the worshiping community, the building committee, professionals involved in the design process, and of the Church. By keeping the theological concepts of grace and sacramentality in mind, he offers rich insights to these fundamental Christian realities and provides hope and excitement about using the gifts of beauty, grace, and holiness.

The essays in "Building from Belief" are an invitation to build the promised kingdom, allowing the grace of God into our hearts and in our spaces. DeSanctis encourages those who embark on the journey of building to ask the same question that the Fathers of Vatican II asked: how to be Church in a modern world. He shows that the worship that rises from our communities is indeed a true expression of that belief.

Chapters under Part I are *Beauty, Holiness and Liturgical Space, - *Catholic Sacramentality and the Reform of Sacred Architecture, - *The Pastoral Dimension of Church Renovation, - *Let's Stop Renovating Church Buildings (And Start Renovating the Church), - and *Coming to Terms with Modern Design. - Chapters under Part II are *Worshiping in 'No place': Casual Observations on Liturgy in the Second Machine Age, - *Images By Which We Live and Build, - and *The Quest for 'Noble Simplicity.'- Includes eight pages of full-color photographs with black-and-white photographs and illustrations throughout.

"Michal E. DeSanctis, PhD, is a liturgical design consultant, author, and associate professor of fine arts at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.""

Citations And Professional Reviews
Building from Belief: Advance, Retreat, and Compromise in the Remaking of Catholic Church Architecture by Michael E. DeSanctis & Donald W. Trautman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • New York Review of Books - 07/03/2003 page 30
  • New York Review of Books - 07/17/2003 page 41


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.86" Width: 6.88" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814627552  
ISBN13  9780814627556  


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Building From Belief  Feb 21, 2003
Michael DeSanctis is a writer who speaks from his soul. His book like his persona is larger than life.
He communicates the notion that we Catholics fail to ignore-the purpose of "Church" and that of communal prayer. His vast knowledge of liturgical space, sacred art and architecture is astounding.
As a Catholic I read this book with great interest.
Building from Belief put a lot of things into perspective for me-it is not "my Mass" or "my Church" but that of everyone in the congregation. A church without believers is just a building just the way that a house without a family is not a "home".

His vision for Church design in the new millenium is not only beautiful but also "soul stirring". It exemplifies the notion of worshipping as a community.
Gannon University and Erie are lucky to have him.

 
The balance between modern design and centuries of tradition  Oct 5, 2002
Building From Belief: Advance, Retreat, And Compromise In The Remaking Of Catholic Church Architecture by Michael E. DeSanctis (Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Gannon University) is an informed and informative descriptive analysis of Catholic church architecture in the United States. Black-and-white photographs provide a visual correspondence to these carefully worded ruminations on the balance between modern design and centuries of tradition. Building From Belief is a unique contribution to Catholic Studies, and very highly recommended for its projected views regarding Catholic church construction, as well as DeSanctis' arguments for a comprehensive liturgical catechesis.
 

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