|-- The Narthex is at the base of the cruciform architecture of a cathedral, often called the vestibule. It is the hall through which one enters the cathedral proper. Perhaps it is a kindly reminder of the transitory nature of this life we live. Let us consider those places related to this vestibule unto the greatness of a redeemed soul.|
To think upon the sacred heart of Jesus, pierced as it was on the cross, is to think of it as the gateway to Heaven itself -- the entrance to that Great Cathedral, for in Gothic times cathedrals were built to symbolize not only the cross but the coming City of God. The Irish poet Joseph Mary Plunkett captures well what all Christians will hopefully come to realize: that the cleft in the Rock of Ages wherein we sing, "Let me hide myself in Thee", is the vastness of the Eternal Heart.
I see His blood upon the rose,
Each star the glory of His eyes --
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.
I see His face in every flower,
The thunder and the singing of the birds are but His voice.
And carven by His power,
Rocks are His written words.
All pathways by His feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea --
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree.
1. Narthex, part A: West Entrance
2. Narthex, part B: Labyrinth
3. Narthex, part C (first half): Baptismal Chapel
4. Narthex, part C (second half): Foundations
(End of Narthex)
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