The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home  -     By: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Mike Aquilina
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The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home

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Why is a church designed the way it is? What is the function of the altar? What does the nave represent? What is the significance of the choir loft? With elegant prose and artful black-and-white photographs, the authors let you deeply study the riches of Catholic history, theology, and spirituality. Jacketed hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Image Entertainment
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0770435513
ISBN-13: 9780770435516
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Publisher's Description

From the bestselling authors of The Mass, an insightful and practical guide that explores the architectural and spiritual components of the Catholic Church.

Your local church is not only a physical place, but a spiritual home. In this thought-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behind the physical structure of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. How is a church designed? What is the function of the altar? What does the nave represent? What is the significance of the choir loft? With eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white photography, these questions and many more will lead to answers that illuminate the history and practicality of Catholic life.

Author Bio

DONALD WUERL is the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the bestselling author of The Catholic Way.

MIKE AQUILINA is the author of more than 20 books, including Angels of God, and appears regularly on EWTN with Scott Hahn.

Editorial Reviews

"People baptized and alive in Christ are his Church; they gather in buildings called churches.  This well thought out and beautifully presented book tells everyone what our churches are about and why they contain what they do.  I hope it finds a prominent place in RCIA presentations, in religious education programs, on family bookshelves."
-Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago

"What the Temple was to the Israelites, our churches are for us Catholics. They are sanctuaries of God's presence -- the meeting place of heaven and earth. This is apparent, however, only to eyes of faith. This book trains our eyes to see the domes and spires, tabernacles and votive candles, pews and altars as they really are. As good guides, the authors take us beyond the visible to the invisible, beyond the material to the spiritual, beyond the human to the divine.  Highly recommended."
-Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life

"Read The Church and forever after you will experience your own church in a whole new way—as a sermon in stone, a visual hymn, a catechism without words. This lovely little book by Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina is truly a mine of information, devotion, and inspiration for all."
-Russell Shaw, journalist and author of Ministry or Apostolate?: What Should the Catholic Laity Be Doing?

"This new book by my esteemed father in the faith, Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl, and my friend, Mike Aquilina, is a wonderful treatment of the Great Amen of the Fathers of the Church and the assent of the Gathered Community of Faith within our houses of worship. Far from being a cold treatment about church architecture, this gem is a crescendo of love as a sacred song of faith rising up to the Father in the Spirit through Christ."
-John Michael Talbot, author of The World is My Cloister

"The Church
is a stunning work of art reminding us that every Catholic church is built to tell a love story. Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina, gleaning from their combined perspectives of behind the altar and from within the pews, offer the reader an extraordinarily unique panoramic view of the Catholic Church. The authors have skillfully dusted off years of Church history and elements of tradition, and tapped into official documents of the Church. Unlocking the theology, mystery and beauty of holiness, they have provided a guided pilgrimage of the structures of churches, furnishings and their historical and biblical roots, inspiring us all to delve deeper into the silent language of holy love." 
 -Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host and author of numerous Catholic books including Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women

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    May 12, 2013
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    I did my usual scan of the blurbs first - The back cover notes that Father Barron wrote the preface!

    This book was a little slow to pick up steam. It doesn't begin to cover the "parts" of a church (beginning with the shape) until page 69 of 217.

    Perhaps the best thing about the book is considering one's own parish while reading about a church's parts. It's also fun imagining giving a non-Catholic a "tour" of one's church. That said, you may find it difficult to concentrate on what you're reading. Okay, that's just me.

    My own church was built and completed less than 2 years ago, yet I recognize its cruciform. Maybe I'll keep straight a "nave" and an "apse." And maybe I'll have an intelligent response when I hear a non-Catholic rib Catholics for the variety of postures (sitting, kneeling, standing) assumed during the Mass. You know what else rubbed me the wrong way, even though I loved the message: when my own pastor did a little "demonstration," but on the altar, to hit home a point about putting Jesus first. The authors say, "Only the vessels, fabrics, and books required for the celebration of the Mass may be placed on the altar table."

    But the bottom line: This one's easily skipped. There are plenty of other options that will make you holier, a better witness, and just happier that you spent time on it.
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