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CHURCH MADNESS 2017
Full Bracket • East Regional (3/13) • South Regional (3/14) • Midwest Regional (3/15) • West Regional (3/16) • Theological 32 (3/19) • Stunning 16 (3/22) • Ecclesiastical 8 (3/26) • Faithful 4 (3/30) • National Churchpionship (4/3)
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Welcome to the Faithful Four, the penultimate round of Art & Liturgy’s Church Madness!
This year the last four competitors are worthy contenders but unlikely finalists, each having overcome more famous churches from bigger cities. In the end, that’s what this contest is all about — to take a lighthearted look at the incredible beauty of Holy Mother Church right here in the United States, and to spotlight some truly beautiful parishes that may be new to you.
It’s interesting that among the final four, two were recently restored. Another is undergoing restoration now. Another is a brand new building. I think this is proof that our commitment to seeking what the true and beautiful matters now more than ever. And judging by the sheer number of votes, this commitment has a huge effect on parish life.
Enough with the NERD STUFF. Let’s get to voting! We need winners and losers, people!
Make sure to vote in both matchups! The only way this competition works is if everyone votes in all the polls for their most beautiful church. Don’t just vote for your own church and leave. (Looking at you, Nampa.)
Finally, feel free to, you know, explore some of the other posts on the site. I write throughout the year and if nothing else, the pictures are pretty. Here are a few selected posts I enjoyed writing:
• Art History for Normal People: the Gothic period
• Great, Robust, American Vestments Extravaganza (GRAVE): Chasubles
• “Nothing Else Matters” — why this blog even exists, and why you exist
• Why do we bow at Mass? And what does it have to do with birds in sacred art?
All polls close Sunday, April 2, at 11:59 pm Central Time. Click images for larger views.
St. Mary Church
— 360º panorama here
St. Francis de Sales Oratory
St. Louis, Missouri
—360º virtual tour here (caution: autoplays audio, but it’s awesome organ music)
St. James Church
— 360º panorama here
St. Paul Church