04 August 2022, The Tablet

Linking the power of faith, place and Catholic liturgy

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Linking the power of faith, place and Catholic liturgy

The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane by Giovanni Bellini, c.1465
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A day spent exploring the links between liturgy, theology and the arts included a visit to the National Gallery in London and ended with Mass followed by a memorable concert in the Jesuit church in Farm Street

How are liturgy and place connected? What do the creative arts bring to our understanding of these two, and what inspiration do the arts in their turn draw from their inter­connectedness? Over three bright summer days earlier this month, I joined a gathering including students, scholars, musicians, poets, theologians, artists, choreographers and priests which met at a variety of venues across central London to reflect on exactly these questions.

The conference was organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, in association with The Tablet and the Jesuit church at Farm Street. Both Durham and Notre Dame are well known for their innovative approach to interdisciplinary Catholic enquiry, but they are not alone in this field.


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