3 users responded in this post

Subscribe to this post comment rss or trackback url
Christina W. said in March 14th, 2011 at 9:13 am

Well, I do think you’re being a bit too hard on St. Agnes, though I’m not an architectual expert. However, I agree with you about the painting of St. Agnes up front…it was the first thing I noticed when I first visited the new church…a bit too sensual looking..

Joe Frances said in March 25th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I was a member of St. Agnes from after the fire through the dedication of the new Church. I also sang in the Schola there in the heydays of Msgr. Clark, (with the great and the good Frs. Rutler, Perricone, and Shelly) when all was glorious, holy, intellectually rigorous and right with the world. I have to say that we felt like we really got away with something when the new Church had an altar rail. True there are a number of disturbing features; and some things are over done. Still I was once a great parish and a haven of peace, orthodoxy and the traditional Mass. Much of the greatness has been lost in the intervening years. But oh, what a marvelous Church it was.

Anne said in October 7th, 2015 at 7:49 am

I must say that I love the painting of St. Agnes and the Virgin Mary. Her being depicted in a “short” dress is hardly scandalous. Do we look at women around us, including nuns, with skirts to their knees and blush with shame or embarrass- ment? Are we not called to try to be as saints? Why the double standards? Is “chastity” only valid if women have dresses down to their ankles?

And what, pray tell, is “sensual” about her depiction? Our bodies and senses are gifts from God. Agnes in the painting is hardly indulging in “sensual” activity of a negative kind, she’s just standing there. Is just LOOKING “sensual” (in the eyes of the beholder) a sin too? “Ooh! She has BARE arms and legs, how SENSUAL!” Saints in Orthodox Christian icons – which go back to the early church – are often depicted with bare arms and legs. Nothing “sensual” about it.

Depictions of saints who “look like us” date back to the Middle Ages, if not earlier. “Agnes” looks both ancient and modern in the painting, a nice factor.

Leave A Reply

 Username (Required)

 Email Address (Remains Private)

 Website (Optional)