Sunday, December 8, 2013

Rev. Keith G. Fennessy: Has become the administrator Guardian Angel and the Chelsea Catholic Community, 193 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY


Exciting changes are coming to the Chelsea Catholic
Community! Monsignor Hull is leaving Guardian Angel to direct the Sheen Center and teach
more extensively at Dunwoodie. Father Keith G. Fennessy, pastor of St. Columba’s (25th Street) , is to become the administrator
of Guardian Angel, whilst remaining pastor of St. Columba’s. Father Fennessy will unite the parishes into
a single Chelsea Catholic Community. Father Philip Phan, now living at Guardian Angel ,will join Father Feenessy and the other priests
At St. Columba’s rectory. The Guardian Angel rectory is to house Heart’s Home, a missionary group of priests and lay people

History

Early historians of medieval art followed a similar pattern. To them, the great climax was the Gothic style, from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth. For whatever was not-yet-Gothic they adopted the label Romanesque. In doing so, they were thinking mainly of architecture. Pre-Gothic churches, they noted, were round-arched, solid, and heavy, as against the pointed arches and the soaring lightness of Gothic structures. It was rather like the ancient Roman style of building, and the term "Romanesque" was meant to convey just that. In this sense, all of medieval art before 1200 could be called Romanesque insofar as it shows any link with the Mediterranean tradition.

Architecture

The most conspicuous difference between Romanesque architecture and that of the preceding centuries is the amazing increase in building activity. An eleventh century monk, Raoul Glaber, summed it up well when he triumphantly exclaimed that the world was putting on a "white mantle of churches." These churches were not only more numerous than those of the early Middle Ages, they were also generally larger, more richly articulated, and more "Roman-looking." Their naves now had vaults instead of wooden roofs, and their exteriors, unlike those of early Christian, Byzantine, Carolingian, and Ottonian churches, were decorated with both architectural ornament and sculpture. Geographically, Romanesque monuments of the first importance are distributed over an area that might well have represented the world- the Catholic world
Interesting Facts
The Church of the Guardian Angel is reminiscent of the early Romanesque sculpture at the abbey of Moissac. Both churches have a scalloped profile that seems to incorporate a bit of Moorish influence. Both the human and animal forms are treated with the same incredible flexibility. The purpose of this carefully illustrated art work is not only decorative but expressive. They embody dark forces that have been domesticated into guardian figures or banished to a position that holds then fixed for all eternity.
The portal proper at the church is preceded by a deep porch, with lavishly sculptured sides. It is adorned with events from the early life of Christ. Only the proportions of the bodies and the size of the figures vary with the architectural context. What matters is the vividness of the narrative, rather than consistency of treatment.
The Church of the Guardian Angel was built in the 1930s by John Van Pelt.

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