Animated Stain Glass Window
Posted on 12. Jul, 2012, in Church Teachings, Liturgy2 Comments
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Pat Connolly SJ is the Associate Professor of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He speaks of film as the historic development of ‘a third language’, speech and written text being the other two. And he firmly believes that film should be part of our liturgies, particularly the mass.
Obviously of Irish descent, on a recent trip to visit family and Jesuit friends in Dublin he spoke to Pat Coyle about his work concerning film and faith. He began by speaking about one incident where he used film in mass and the reaction he received.
I was delighted to hear this interview. OUr world is changing and this is a very positive suggestion to bring the Catholic Church somewhat up to date. Very often at a liturgy, I would appreciate a large screen showing what is happening in a part of the church, where the majority cannot see. I feel this especially at the Holy Saturday liturgy, if there is a ceremony around the lighting of the pascal fire. Apart from this practical use, it would be great if video clips could be used to animate what, for many, can be a boring liturgy. I know it still is not taken as acceptable to speak in these terms but we are human beings, living in a post-modern world.
Very interesting interview which starts off sounding like a slightly nutty clergyman trying to be hip. But then he relates it back to pre-Reformation churches and the role of art in them. His take on darkness vs light is also very interesting and quite dramatic. Paul