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Colorado parish dedicates 'beautiful' new church (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel FSSP Parish)
cna ^ | March 29, 2013 | Carl Bunderson

Posted on 03/29/2013 5:15:19 AM PDT by NYer

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila attended the dedication of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Littleton, CO on March 23, 2013. Credit: OLMC Parish.

Denver, Colo., Mar 29, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a parish of the Denver Archdiocese, recently dedicated its new church building which local Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has described as “beautiful.”

“The beauty of it... speaks to the gift of our faith, and that this is a place where the Lord is truly present and dwells,” the archbishop told CNA shortly after the dedication Mass on March 23.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located in Littleton, a suburb of Denver, and is a personal parish of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, a society which celebrates the extraordinary form of the Roman liturgy as it existed prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

At the beginning of the dedication, the Litany of Saints was prayed and Archbishop Aquila sprinkled the church with holy water. Parish pastor, Father James Jackson then celebrated a Solemn High Mass.

“It was the first high Mass that I've been to in the extraordinary form since I was a child, so it was a whole new experience for me,” Archbishop Aquila reflected.

He said that on entering Our Lady of Mount Carmel, “one knows immediately that one is in a Catholic church.”

The church is built in a Gothic style, and has three altars, which were made in 1903 from Carrara marble. The main altar is 33 feet tall, extending virtually as high as the interior ceiling.

The building's stained glass windows depict the mysteries of the rosary, the evangelists, the four Latin Doctors of the Church, and Saint Charles Borromeo.

Fr. Jackson told the parish that St. Charles Borromeo was honored because he used the saint's writings on sacred architecture in designing the church.

“The altar is spectacular,” reflected Archbishop Aquila. He also emphasized how the choice of depictions for the stained glass, and the beauty of their execution, convey to parishioner's the gift of the Catholic faith.

Fr. Jackson explained to CNA March 27 that Our Lady of Mount Carmel's Gothic design was chosen in part because “these older forms of architecture, they're tried and true, and they really work.”

The substantial height of the church, he explains, contributes to good acoustics which support the Gregorian chant and polyphony sung during the Mass. “There should be no need for a microphone when our church is all completed,” he said.

The height has theological as well as practical reasons, he said. Such high altars serve to lift eyes, and in so doing lift minds and hearts to God.

The stone used on the exterior conveys a sense of permanence and reminds one of the eternal reality of the Kingdom God.

Constructing beautiful churches, he said, is important because there is so much ugliness in the world today.

“Beauty is one of the four transcendentals – goodness, truth, consistence (unity), and beauty. Those are the ways we come to understand God.”

By portraying the transcendentals in architecture and the celebration of the liturgy, visitors and parishioners are aided in their relationship with God.

“The building you're in, the sacred vessels you use, the vestments you wear, the music you sing, the acoustics, everything...should be in harmony with the rite,” said Fr. Jackson.

“Any church,” he explained, “needs to be in harmony with what you're doing at the altar.”

Our Lady of Mount Carmel continues to work through its remodeling. In the future, the parish hall and basement will be renovated, and to the church will be added a choir loft, narthex, baptistry, and bell tower.

“Of course, it's not enough (just) to have beauty,” reflected Fr. Jackson.

“You have to speak truth from the pulpit, and give kindness and mercy in the confessional, but beauty really does move the soul of modern man in a marvelous way.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Worship
KEYWORDS: co; fssp; olmc

1 posted on 03/29/2013 5:15:19 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Mass of Dedication, Fr. James Jackson, celebrant.

Official Web Site

Ping!

2 posted on 03/29/2013 5:17:14 AM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

That’s the name of my church as well!

http://olmc.org/


3 posted on 03/29/2013 5:29:24 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: NYer

Now that is what a modern church should look like, not the more common modern architecture that has infected most church structures.


4 posted on 03/29/2013 5:35:45 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: NYer

Oh how beautiful! Now THAT’S how a Catholic church should look!


6 posted on 03/29/2013 5:52:37 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: NYer

“You have to speak truth from the pulpit, and give kindness and mercy in the confessional, but beauty really does move the soul of modern man in a marvelous way.”

AMEN to that!


7 posted on 03/29/2013 5:53:47 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: wolfman23601
Thank you for posting the link. I peeked at the school link as well and was impressed by the Blue Ribbon award and the large number of smiling students. Then I saw the reason for their success and happiness ...


8 posted on 03/29/2013 5:54:27 AM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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“It was the first high Mass that I've been to in the extraordinary form since I was a child, so it was a whole new experience for me,” Archbishop Aquila reflected.

It's too bad, your Excellency, that you allow the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the See of the Archdiocese of Denver, to continue to refuse to implement Summorum Pontificum and continue to refuse to comply with Domus Dei which requires a weekly Latin Mass, at a minimum, in a minor basilica. Were you to instruct Monsignor Fryar to comply, the entire Archdiocese could experience the Extraordinary Form on a regular basis, without having to travel to Littleton to do it.

9 posted on 03/29/2013 8:08:59 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: NYer

What a gorgeous altar!!


10 posted on 03/29/2013 11:09:48 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: WILLIALAL

Amen to that. I really don’t like modern churches that look like anything but a church. Give me stone, marble, flying buttresses and a slate roof.


11 posted on 03/29/2013 12:56:03 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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Would love to visit that church. Ideally would stop at the FSSP parish in Coeur d’Alene, ID on the way and make it a two-fer!


12 posted on 03/29/2013 1:01:29 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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