Architectural Mysticism (Part 1)

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5

I have often been fascinated by architecture, especially what they convey as to the intention of those who built them, in this way i can get a good idea of what to expect when, or if i venture inside. This is especially the case when entering into a house of worship since what is being communicated is the mindset one should have when entering.

When approaching and indeed entering a Church what is apparent to me is a sense of foreboding, significant scale, and immensity of the subject. With its tall spires i see a finger as it were pointing to a world beyond the one i am in and inviting me in to experience that reality for myself. Truly mysticism lies at the heart of this building, an encounter with God awaits within.

I feel when walking toward the door a need to cleanse ones thoughts, turn off the phone, and indeed ‘remove ones sandals for this is holy ground’. But what is most striking is the image at the front of the building, which is an image of Christ crucified as if to bring me back down to earth and face the darkness of my soul, that such a thing could happen is the result of something that dwells within the human being. This causes me to reflect on the reality of the darkness, but the twist is the position of the cross in contrast to the building, presenting a startling plot twist to what would otherwise be a sad commentary. The man is vindicated for he is being raised upward to the heavens.


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