Shawn Tribe over at The New Liturgical Movement has posted a brief but excellent piece on the need for beauty in liturgical settings. Here’s an excerpt:
Beauty is a problem only if it is distorted in such a way as to make it narcissistic; even then, the problem is not with beauty itself, which exists as a reflection of the Divine, but simply with our approach to it.
A proper approach (and it is important that we make this approach) would see us clothe the sacred mysteries in beauty so that we might render to God the fruits of our labours in a way befitting the dignity of the sacred realities which occur in each and every Mass — in short, making it of itself a part of the act of worship, surrounding that which is primary in this regard: the mystical re-offering of Calvary.
Read the rest here.