Tradition in Continuity is the Sacred Architecture Blog of Integration Design Group, PC.
The blog is maintained by firm principal Adam Hermanson.
Please direct all inquiries to admin(at)integrationdesigngroup.com.
- “We do this because…” Four powerful words
- A Brief Look Back (and Forward) at Liturgical Reform
- Beautiful Things
- The Unveiling – Revelation as Mystagogy
- Learning to Love the Liturgy
- Archbishop Chaput: Liturgy Needs to be Beautiful
- Benedict – Restoring the Theme of Beauty
- Conference: The Glory of Catholic Architecture
- von Balthasar, the Pilgrim, and the Center Aisle
- The Sacramental Worldview, Wonder, & Worship
Category Archives: The Bookshelf
For there is no longer any question of man’s… agonizing longing for transcendence. It is a question rather of man being led by the God who goes before toward a genuinely human fulfillment – to a land “flowing with milk and honey”.
Professor David Lyle Jeffrey offers a lengthy essay in the current Adoremus Bulletin regarding the mutiplicity of Bible translations… “In all these cases, what has been lost in translation is nothing less than the main point—the sacral, sacramental element of divine giftedness, …as intrinsically necessary to a holy work and worship. ” Continue reading
As an Architect focused on the renewal of Catholic sacred architecture, I enjoyed How to Read a Church quite a bit. Author Richard Taylor presents the material well, in a readable manner, and the list of subject matter is quite thorough. Continue reading
Readers might appreciate this concise but worthy column by Robert Reilly over at The Catholic Thing gathering up some of the rich insights of Pope Benedict regarding sacred music: The Sound of Faith Here’s an excerpt: Where does inspiration come from to create … Continue reading
Juhani Pallasmaa has written extensively on the disordered emphasis we place on the sense of sight and timeless visual presentation in modern and contemporary architecture. What is lost, he argues, when we privelege the visual over the other senses is a properly holistic understanding of the deep and rich embodied experience that is natural to us all as humans in the world. In short we lose the ‘incarnational’ sensibility of architecture.
I have been wondering for a while if I ought to share some thoughts regarding the title chosen for this blog: Tradition in Continuity: Considerations for the Development of Catholic Sacred Architecture. I did not expect that my Bishop would in … Continue reading
Here is another excerpt from the text I had mentioned in my previous post. In this passage the author, writing almost sixty years ago, touches briefly on the needs of a church building, and describes the ways in which an … Continue reading
I recently came across a rather plain looking book in the office of another fellow Catholic architect. The book’s cover caught my eye because it was noticeably older than most of the volumes on the shelf. I was pleased to see its title – Church Building & Furnishing: The Church’s Way, A Study in Liturgical Law. Authored by J. B. O’Connell and published in 1955, its approach and contents are particularly interesting – the presentation of the ways in which a church building participates in the sacred liturgy within and according to the Church’s liturgical law and rubrics. I have included a wonderful excerpt from the introductory chapter regarding the nature of each and every church building as it relates to its specifically liturgical origin and purpose. Continue reading
Here’s a collection of essential liturgical design resources, loosely gathered according to category. The list is always growing it seems; so please let us know if you are aware of other items that would be excellent resources for ecclesiastical design (including architecture, inteirors, sacred art, and furnishings) but are currently missing from this list. Continue reading
This type of liturgical catechesis – this mystagogy – should be ongoing for us all. Developing a more complete understanding of the ritual action in the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries will allow us each and all to participate “both in body and mind, a participation burning with faith, hope, and charity,” as we are caught up with the entire mystical Body of Christ offering worship to the Father in spirit and truth until Christ is all in all. Continue reading
The material of creation conveys truths about the Creator; truths we long to know for they reveal truths about ourselves and or realtionship with the Lord. God has given to man the goods of this world, and intends that they become a way for us to make a return to Him – especially in this Age of the Church between the Pentecost and the Coming of Christ in glory Creation is in the process of contantly being redeemed in Christ. Our church buildings should offer us some foretaste of the fullness of this redemption.
Originally Posted on 22 March 2011 | by Adam In a recent post, I noted the great benefits of studying the Sacred Liturgy. But of course there are limits as to how much our lives and hearts can truly be … Continue reading
Originally Posted on 15 March 2011 by Adam Sometimes all that is necessary is to point our readers in the direction of some wonderful resource or document, and strongly encourage its reading. Such is the case with Sacramentum Caritatis; the Post-Synodal Exhortation … Continue reading