The Objective of any
Cathedral is nobility of expression – a nobility befitting
response to the Divine Spirit. This means a structure which
is first of all durable. No flimsy components or sham construction
will do. Hence the great cathedrals of the world are, almost
without exception, built of the most durable material known
to man, stone.
But solid construction
is not the only thing which the pilgrim sees when he enters
the Cathedral [St. John the Divine]. He [she] also sees
a work of art. This, ultimately, is what the building is.
By line and design is expresses the spirit of worship –
so much so that, hopefully, it moves those who enter it
to do just that: worship. The text for a cathedral can only
be, “Hallowed be thy name.”
All of this notwithstanding,
it is still not enough to say that this cathedral tends
to instill the spirit of worship. By the subtlety of its
art it gives the visitor a very definite impression of the
character of the one to be worshipped. Is he a harsh God?
Is he aloof? One cannot step into the Cathedral Church of
St. John the Divine without realizing that the God in whose
praise it has been erected is a God of love and joy and
This is the primary
function of any cathedral: to speak of him in whose service
it was raised, and to speak of him day and night for thousands
of days and thousands of nights.
~ from The Cathedral
Church of Saint John the Divine
money left, I move forward as though I have the capital
and resources behind me to achieve the plans I have made.
I have made a schedule of order, that I might best be prepared
for making the art of this Project. The painting time I
have spent in studio has prepared my hand and aesthetic
approach - now I need to get my head in reverence. TO do
this, I am setting out to be introduced to my lineage, while
studying the idea of sacred space. First stop is NYC and
then to Washington DC.
continued - The City I Love...