Friday, February 18, 2011

2011.02.18 All Sacred, Yes?

Churches have a practice called de-consecration of sanctuaries that will close and likely be used for another purpose. There is a gathering of mourners probably, a bishop and a rite with prayers, etc.

I’ve never been to one of these events but today they are popular given the fact that there are many parishes in moribund states—alas.

As one who had a natural bent from childhood to consecrate stuff, and as a priest of the Eucharist, I think it odd to de-consecrate anything.

Do we imagine that we control the presence of holiness? Do we think holiness comes and goes at the wave of a hand? Do we think a secular use for a space will make it not sacred unholy?

Why not leave the building in its consecrated state and leave it to the Divine Spirit to inspire new occupants (condo owners?) or to resurrect life even after a wrecking ball comes?

(In this post there is a clue to the where is God in this “divine story” I posted just days ago. Perhaps God was in the DNR decision? Do we strive for life at all costs even if our efforts are loving?)