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Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« on: May 15, 2018, 04:09:42 PM »
At the website linked below you will find a video of the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada.  They have created a light show called Aura, that they say is accompanied by an orchestral arrangement.  The music accompanying the video is not an orchestra, so I'm not sure what the music in the church is like.  Anyway, just the little bit that this video shows, I thought was amazing.  They originally did this to celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montreal's founding. They were trying to highlight the beauty of the basilica.  I don't think it's "mocking God" as some have put it.  As all things that are placed in our churches are supposed to do, I thought it would definitely lift our hearts to the Lord, as they say.  Technology put to good use imo.  But there are quite alot of Traditionalists who are very upset about it.  What do you all think?

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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 05:33:40 PM »
I think that is pretty and acceptable, so long as the Blessed Sacrament is removed.

However, I could do without the lazer lights.  They didn't seem to add much.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 05:49:18 PM »
This is fascinating!  I am going to be in Montreal in a few weeks, and I was pondering this exact question!  Should I go or not?

My (trad) pastor was against it.  I am on the fence. I think the show goes beyong mere accentuation of the art, and in that sense, it does seem a tad profane.

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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 05:53:36 PM »
Maybe I'm a curmudgeon but I'm completely against anything except Mass (or sacraments), or sermons, or praying in a Church.

MANY Churches in Europe have concerts at night - small 'symphonies' play Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak etc....even that pisses me off. It's a Church not a bloody concert hall. Europe isn't lacking in palaces, have the concerts in there FFS.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 05:54:52 PM »
That being said, that Basilica is beautiful and Montreal is the best town in Canada by far. With the best hockey team. By far. Lots of Catholic history to explore there and nearby.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2018, 06:06:52 PM »
Churches have been used as concert halls and stages for religious plays for centuries. I just hope the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the Altar during the performance.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 08:27:24 PM »
I like it.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 11:39:26 PM »
Not so much. Seems a little too much like Hollywood special effects and Disneyland (which have their place, but not in a Catholic traditional Church).  I guess I'm a curmudgeon too.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 11:33:15 AM »
IMO this is inappropriate. I personally find it disturbing and New Agey but it's just me. Too much "razzle-dazzle" in a luminous sense. The name AURA makes me cringe a bit. How do you know there is no subliminal effect like hypnosis of some sort? Illuminati have been really good at it.
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Re: Light Show In Montreal Church - Yay or Nay?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2018, 08:28:54 AM »
I think it looks really cool and I get the idea the creators had good intentions at heart.  That being said, the major issue is that this is simply distracting from the true purpose of being in the Church in the first place.  It could also be an issue to sell tickets, indicating that this is meant to be entertainment. 

It's a common problem in the Church today.  We are so good at coming up with activities to attract people into our Churches... But the content is often forgotten.