God's House is Our House: Re-imagining the Environment for Worship (Paperback)Richard S. Vosko (author)
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God's House Is Our House serves as a platform for rethinking the Catholic environment for worship. Father Vosko provides a theoretical foundation for building or renovating a worship space, by drawing upon biblical, theological, and ecclesiological sources as well as studies on architecture, spatial settings, and creative problem solving.
Since Vatican II, changes have occurred in liturgical texts, music, and life-cycle rituals, especially the Eucharist. Cathedrals and churches have also been transformed, making a formative impact on the life of the church. Some say that new and renovated churches no longer feel like God's house. Others maintain that a developed understanding of liturgy requires worship settings that accommodate the ritual making of the community.
The liturgical reforms that have guided Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran congregations over the last half-century have transformed what these denominations know about worship. Worshipers are no longer spectators, but active participants in the ritual acts that once were the sole possession of the clergy. As the liturgy is modified, church buildings are altered. Almost overnight God's house has new owners and users and, once again, is known as a house for the church.
How does all such change affect the architectural style of church buildings? Here Father Vosko considers worship space dilemmas and offers practical advice. This book is for faith communities and design professionals. It addresses diverse opinions regarding the environment for worship and through photography and illustration features award-winning examples of new and renovated places of worship.
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 652 g
Dimensions: 254 x 187 x 17 mm
There is a lot of good practical advice in this book, plenty of interesting illustrations, many important issues are raised . . . Anaphora
In trying to engage worshipers into being 'conscious and active participants,' Vosko has created an excellent resource to encourage such a process. For those wishing to dream anew their worship space or renovate it, this book is must reading and very helpful.Emmanuel
God's House is Our House is a must-read for every member of a parish committee that is charged with the responsibility of bringing wisdom to the planning table and who must then make informed decisions for the next generations of worshippers in a beautiful new or renovated church.Celebrate!
Based on this experience, Vosko has crafted a book for the church that is eminently pastoral and practical. Engagingly written and fully illustrated with 111 photographs and church plans, God's House Is Our House is a refreshingly balanced treatment of a topic that can bring out the best and worst in Roman Catholics who are faced with the prospect of renovating or building a place for worship.Catholic Library World
This is a book written from personal and professional experience. Clearly, this text presents itself as a pastoral resource and guide to considering the most important aspects of building new or renovating existing worship spaces. In many circumstances, when projects of this magnitude are considered in local parishes or cathedrals, the liturgical and aesthetic considerations are often lost to conversations about cost and efficiency. Father Vosko brings those conversations back to the realm of possibility before issues of cost are considered. He encourages his readers to be imaginative and daring to create a place for worship that embraces the ritual acts undertaken by the people of God.Pastoral Music
Vosko has crafted a book for the church that is eminently pastoral and practical. Engagingly written and fully illustrated with 111 photographs and church plans, God's House Is Our House is a refreshingly balanced treatment of a topic that can bring out the best and worst in Roman Catholics who are faced with the prospect of renovating or building a place for worship.
This comprehensive work, underpinned by scholarship evidenced in helpful footnotes throughout, will serve a wide range of readers, from pastors and architects to local building committees and graduate students of theology and ministry. Readers will discover within its pages a welcome guide to how a community can truly re-imagine an environment for worship that is hospitable, beautiful, and faithful to the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.Catholic Library Association
. . . provides a foundation for building or renovating a place of worship and presents a thorough checklist to follow for spaces, art, furnishings and appointments . . . , and offers practical advice to those beginning in the middle of or considering such a project.Crux
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