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Treasures of the World's Religions
Ernest Thompson Seton explains "The Gospel of the Redman"
What are the "Foundations of Christian Art?"
What bridges exist between Christianity and Islam?
The Sermon of All Creation: Christians on Nature
The Writings of Frithjof Schuon
Martin Lings: Video Clips on his Early Spiritual Influences
Noble Faces, Strong Voices: Exploring "The Spirit of Indian Women"
Memories (video clips) of Martin Lings by Michon and Petitpierre
Insights into the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers
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What are the purposes and forms of sacred art in the sanctuary?

"The sacred art of Christianity constitutes the normal setting of the liturgy, of which it is an amplification in the fields of sound and of sight. Like the non-sacramental liturgy, its purpose is to prepare and to bring out the effects of the means of grace instituted by Christ Himself...The liturgy does not determine the architectural order alone, it also regulates the disposition of sacred images according to the general symbolism of the regions of space and the liturgical significance of left and right."


"There is also the fact that a 'diaphanous' architecture would not be possible without the art of the glazier, whose windows make the outer walls transparent while safeguarding the intimacy of the sanctuary. The light broken up by stained glass is no longer that of the crudity of the outer world, it is the light of hope and beatitude. At the same time the color of the glass has itself become light...so the Divine Light, which as such is blinding, is attenuated and becomes Grace when it is refracted in the soul."
Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, 1243-1248
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