While the Mass was an important liturgical activity that transpired within Catholic churches, The Pious Guide makes clear that churches also served as the setting for a wide range of public and private devotions. A church’s design was required to accommodate both liturgical and devotional prayer.
Matthew E. Gallegos, PhD., is professor of architectural history in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University and a registered architect.
Articles by Matthew Gallegos
While the Tridentine documents contained few specific directives regarding the design of Catholic churches in the context of the Protestant Reformation, the Council affirmed the authority of tradition in all matters related to Christianity.