Tuesday, March 25, 2008

They will gaze upon Him whom they have pierced

The National Catholic Register has a blog about the Pope's upcoming visit to the United States. There we find a computer rendering of the setting in Yankee Stadium for the Sunday Mass. Here it is. Click on it for the full image and ask yourself...who is the focus? Who is the center of attention? In Pope Benedict's Easter Vigil homily, he emphasizes the notion of Conversi ad Dominum, "turn toward the Lord."

Who are we supposed to focus on in that arrangement? B16's crest or the small crucifix?

Just asking.

5 comments:

Adrienne said...

I think it is very ugly. Does the Vatican know in advance what they are going to do?

Fr. Andrew said...

In theory, you'd think they would, but...

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I just hope the Pope decides ad orientem at the last min.

Fr. Andrew said...

I don't think Ad Orientem would be appropriate there. He would be orientating himself toward his own crest, doesn't seem very edifying. Probably a good place for the his layout from the Spirit of the Liturgy as he has been lately.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Ah, that is very true, not very edifying indeed.

It'd definately be good with the altar crucifix and the 7 candles as we've seen in the recent Papal Masses.

I've just yet to figure out why the designers didn't incorparate ideas from Spirit of the Liturgy into the set up.