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Liturgical Environment

Plans for seasonal decorations should include other areas besides the sanctuary. Decorations are intended to draw people to the true nature of the mystery being celebrated rather than being ends in themselves. (Built of Living Stones [2000], 123)

Some principles to keep in mind when decorating the church for the seasons:

  • The altar should remain clear and free-standing
  • Pathways in the narthex, nave and sanctuary should remain clear
  • Decorations are maintained throughout the season (e.g. Christmas decorations are not introduced into the worship space in Advent)
  • Fabric art (processional banners and hangings) can be effective through color, texture, shape, symbolic form - the use of images rather than words is more in keeping with this medium.

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