historical importance of Pope Benedict XVIâs upcoming visit to the city, noting that the Holy Father values the Church of the Holy Family because it âcorresponds to what a church should be theologically and liturgically.â.- The Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, underscored the
âThe Popeâs apostolic visit will be an authentic gift from God to confirm us in our faith, intensify our hope and urge us on in love,â the cardinal told Analysis Digital.
Cardinal Sistach emphasized the architectural beauty of the âSagrada Familiaâ or Church of the Holy Familyâcreated by Servant of God Antonio Gaudiâas well as its rich biblical and catechetical significance. âThe empty temple is impressive enough to all for its beauty, but I think that in order to contemplate it in all its fullness we must exercise its specific purpose: the celebration of the liturgy,â he said.
The cardinal announced that November 7, 2010, the day of the consecration, âwill be an historic extraordinary event to which everyone is invited.â âThe words of Benedict XVI come to mind, when he said, âWhen the faith is especially celebrated in the liturgy, it encounters art and a profound understanding is created, because both can and desire to speak of God, making the invisible visibleâ.â
During the interview, Cardinal Sistach also mentioned the Christian faith of Gaudi, âwho had a copy of the book âL LâAnnÃ©e Liturgiqueâ by Dom Gueranger, the Abbot of Solesmes, on his nightstand.â
The Holy Family âgreatly influenced the Christian life of this man of faith, prayer and daily Mass,â he said. âI think that this consistency between Gaudiâs architecture and his Christian life is very much valued by the Holy Father.â
The cardinal noted that construction of the church began in 1882, and while some exterior parts have not yet been completed, construction of the churchâs interior was finished this year, making it possible now for the consecration to take place.