I was very struck by this picture on NLM, unfortunately there is no link, so I do not where it comes from, anyone know ? It is obviously the Dominican Rite somewhere, presumably, from the fleur de lis, in France.
What I thought was interesting was that this is a modern sanctuary in what looks like an ancient setting. Americans have the term "wreckovation" for modernising, but this really does not seem to be that, on the contrary, the lack of fussiness gives the impression of something that is remarkably elegant, an expression of "noble simplicity".
Does anyone know of an architect in the southeast of England who could help us re-order our Church? Really it is a restoration job, putting right what was mucked up in the 70s, moving fonts and the altar. We started thinking about it a few years ago, I lost patience with our diocesan art and architecture committee who wanted us to put in ramps and hand rails, to replace steps; ramps would have to have a length of 12ft for a rise of one foot, absolutely mad! I have also been putting off doing something, in the expectation of the promised documents from Rome on the liturgy. Presumably the M.P., which is "imminent" will affect the interior of our churches, so both "usages" of the Roman Rite can be celebrated.
We need an architect who will be sensitive to the Victorian interior and yet have some imagination with the interior decoration, lighting, flooring and so forth. If you know of someone who has a proven track record of good quality work, and who can work on the pittance we can afford, let me know.
In England we really don't seem to have architects who actually understand the liturgy.
Similarly, if there is anyone with vast quantities of money, we would be very grateful for that as well.