Liturgical adaptation

“The architect directs the creation of the liturgical space, coordinating the contributions of all the arts and artisanal professions, whose collaboration is absolutely necessary to render the visual message explicit and pertinent. In fact all the arts, as for a  great orchestra, are called to work together in unity and harmony for the maximum decorum of the sacred place and the clear eloquence of the Holy Liturgy .”  (Monsignor Giuseppe Polvara, Beato Angelico College, Milan).

These words express the essence of liturgical adaptation, achievement of which requires a convergence of pictorial, architectural and sculptural practices placed at the disposition of the patron, in service of planning and rendering the church adequate to the liturgical functions. This can range from enhancement of an altar, to elegant decoration of the presbytery, a suitable baptismal font or a precious tabernacle.