Just as the term Church refers to the living temple, God’s People, the term church also has been used to describe “the building in which the Christian community gathers to hear the word of God, to pray together, to receive the sacraments, and the celebrate the Eucharist.” That building is both the house of God on earth (domus Dei) and a house fit for the prayers of the saints (domus ecclesiae). Such a house of prayer must be expressive of the presence of God and suited for the celebration of the sacrifice of Christ, as well as reflective of the community that celebrates there.

– Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship (Copyright 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.)

Church

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Chapel

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Stained Glass

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Stations of the Cross

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