Saturday, July 25, 2009

Artisans, Craftsmen and Musicians of the New Liturgical Movement: A Call for Submissions

To help support and foster the sacred arts, which works have been and can still be such an important contribution to Catholic culture (and culture generally); which have an evangelical power to draw people from the external signs inward, heavenward and Godward; which can teach and bring to life the Scriptures, the lives of the saints and the doctrines of the Church; and which are so bound up and defined by the Church's liturgical worship, I am pleased to announce that the NLM has taken up a new endeavour wherein it hopes to feature as it can some of the work of active individual artisans, craftsmen and composers working in the domain of the sacred and liturgical arts today, as well as comprehensive project work being pursued by liturgical arts and architectural firms.

We do of course feature a number of excellent craftsmen, artisans and companies in our right hand column in this regard, and I would encourage you to stop and take a look at their work, but I am additionally hopeful that we can feature specific examples and projects both by them and their own artisans, as well as the works of other individual artisans who may be working on a smaller, more private scale. It is my hope that this might in turn help promote and foster this kind of work today, for quality craftsmanship and artistry are much needed as part of a new liturgical movement and are an important aspect of it.

This was in part inspired after recently being contacted by the Foundation for Sacred Arts as well as some individual Catholic artists on their own initiative. Accordingly I have begun to do some work behind the scenes to encourage submissions for the NLM's consideration, and am announcing formally today a call for submissions in this regard.

This call should be considered a standing call from henceforward.

The works should be in the domain of the sacred arts, inclusive of sacred music compositions, painting, sculpture, textile work, architectural elements and architecture and so forth.

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In a related vein, I cannot resist showing you the work of this Roman street artist that John Sonnen recently featured, which shows the nameless artist chalking out a reproduction of Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus (ca. 1600-1601).

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