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Cathedrals are lit

Cathedrals are lit

Increasingly, cathedrals are employing light shows to draw the not-necessarily-religious into sacred space. Washington National Cathedral is one of many.


Over three 45-minute immersive sessions, “Space, Light and Sound,” part of the cathedral’s “Seeing Deeper Week” (Feb. 10-14), drew more than 2,000 people of several faiths, as well as the nonreligious and unaffiliated, including many grandchildren and grandparents of both groups.

With the cathedral’s nave emptied of the 1,400 chairs normally arranged in neat rows facing the altar, the crowd sat, stood or stretched out on the floor in the center of the nearly 500-foot-long space.

Why just cathedrals? Has your parish considered such an event?


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Chris Harwood

Doesn’t sound like sacred space anymore. What’s next? Remodel and put condos on the upper floors for a reliable income source?

Simon Burris

Since you ask, I do not think that my parish’s vestry or clergy have yet considered using our nave as a yoga studio or prom dance floor.

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