I channel surfed last night and came across a PBS airing of a Sarah Brightman concert at Saint Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, Austria. This is one of those ancient masterpieces of architecture that seem virtually impossible to have built before the industrial revolution.
Now, the performance was magnificent, but I couldn’t concentrate on it. I was too distracted by how many seeming sacrilidges were taking place.
Did she just walk past the altar rail?
Is she standing on the altar mount?
Did they drape coverings on the high altar so as not to distract from the singer??
Where is the tabernacle and what was done with the host? (Either Christ was evicted to make room for the concert or he is still in there and NOT the focus of attention in an architectural masterpiece built for him.)
Anybody else see this concert? Were people bothered like I was?
It seems to me that these buildings were built over many generations and through enormous sacrifice in order to honor God and express the faith of the people. To even temporarily convert them to a place of mere entertainment just seems wrong to me.
Here’s SOME discussion on the matter, but I’d rather have CAF input. websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/apologia/vpost?id=3114720