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Blog Spotlight: “Church of the Masses” visits the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, CA

July 7, 2007

Barbara Nicolosi writing in her blog Church of the Masses:

The altarpiece in Capistrano gets its unearthly gleam from the fact that it is plated with 24.5 carat gold. We saw a lot of this kind of thing in Spain, but they were all covered with 500 years of soot and darkened candle wax. This thing in Capistrano makes a good case for a nice cleaning of half the churches of Europe. (Somebody, get on that, will you?)

Exquisite in its craft and detail, the altarpiece is the kind of thing I haven’t seen commissioned in a Catholic Church for my whole artistically wretched post-Vatican II iconoclasm period life. Kudos go to the pastor of the Mission Basilica, providentially named Fr. Art. Fr. Art told us that the installation of the new altarpiece has transformed the parish. I understand why. You sit there during the liturgy and stare up and something in you moves towards belief….

Read entire post “A New Renaissance One Church at a Time” (with pictures).

Related Post:
St. John of Capistrano and the Siege of Belgrade

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