Friday, 28 November 2008

Round and round we go

Outside, after Mass



Sanctuary and Nave

I was very pleased to find these images of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Holyoke, MA on the recently released Google archive of Life magazine images. What is so cool about this round church? These photos were taken in May, 1953, over a decade before the Second Vatican Council reforms began to take effect. What does this mean practically? This “round church” was built for the “Tridentine” Mass! Already we have evidence of a movement for reform in liturgy and architecture before the Council was even convened.

Regardless of personal taste, one has to admit that this is pretty amazing.

In case you don’t believe that people were happy with the new church, check out the back of this postcard:

"Beautiful and practical"

Pax et bonum.