Extrait de La Revue L'Ecclesiologist de Fevrier 1842

Extrait de La Revue L'Ecclesiologist de Fevrier 1842

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...common hall, those oratories, those crosses, those saintly images and emblems, those studious chambers and solemn buildings which our Catholic ancestors erected around every sacred pile? they knew that devotion in the sanctuary was only to be obtained by gravity and solemnity without. The ancient ecclesiastics did not perform parts in churches for a brief hour, and then put off the cleric with the surplice, but carried their reverend garb and demeanour throughout every ordinary action in which they were engaged; and this it would not have been possible for them to have performed had they not resided in the solemn and retired structures provided for them. But if such edifices were found necessary for the promotion of regularity and discipline in the days of faith, and in times when the clergy had such vast resources in mutual support, how much more are they required amongst us at the present time, when our ecclesiastics are scattered in populous towns, frequently alone and unsupported, and where almost every spot, except their own domain, is poisoned with heresy, infidelity, and licentiousness! The only resource left in such a situation is to create an ecclesiastical atmosphere, a green spot in the desert, where both the architecture and fittings of the edifice breathe the reverend spirit of ancient days, and where the man of God, consecrated to the all-important work of leading his countrymen back to the true paths, with cassock and crucifix, may hold secret communion of soul with those glorious churchmen of old, whose fervent and mortified spirit he strives to imitate. Nor will such a residence, so different from the worldly habitations (filled with cheap and vulgar show) which surround it, fail in producing the most salutary effect on...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236967208
  • 9781236967206