Helping Worshipers See God

Helping Worshipers See God

by Stephen Proctor

Last fall, I got the chance to explore downtown Chicago with author Ian Cron (Chasing FrancisJesus, My Father, the CIA & Me). Ian writes stories that share first encounters with the Catholic Mass. Little did I know, I was about to experience my first one, as well.

I’ve toured many cathedrals, but it’s way different when you are guided through the rich, visual theology of an ancient sacred space. The space was overwhelming. I was immersed in the visual story of God. High-rising naves, stories in stained glass, Stations of the Cross, symbols of the Trinity and four Gospels patterned in the floor… the very architecture spoke theology.

Helping Worshipers See God

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Written by Stephen Proctor

January 15, 2024

Last fall, I got the chance to explore downtown Chicago with author Ian Cron (Chasing FrancisJesus, My Father, the CIA & Me). Ian writes stories that share first encounters with the Catholic Mass. Little did I know, I was about to experience my first one, as well.

I’ve toured many cathedrals, but it’s way different when you are guided through the rich, visual theology of an ancient sacred space. The space was overwhelming. I was immersed in the visual story of God. High-rising naves, stories in stained glass, Stations of the Cross, symbols of the Trinity and four Gospels patterned in the floor… the very architecture spoke theology.

I was immersed in the visual story of God.

I was compelled to be still.

While Ian and I explored after communion, he pointed out how slowly and quietly we were walking. The visually overwhelming space stirred up in my soul a contemplative posture. I felt so small, yet so loved. The gaze of my soul was lifted upward.

I don’t remember many cutting-edge, technological “worship centers” doing that to me.

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