[South wall of the nave, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. Taken with Nikon D40, May, 2013.]
This Photo Friday image of Notre Dame is, perhaps, my favorite photo from our visit to Paris. I love the subtle blend of colors on the stonework–amber, rose and blue–created by the stained glass and candlelight. The vaulted ceiling succeeds in inspiring the worshipper with a sense of the transcendent majesty of God.
Almost 700 years old and still in use as a place of worship, Notre Dame is an architectural illustration of Roman Catholic continuity and unity. Such unity is sadly absent in Protestantism, which inspired me to write this popular post: Sometimes I wish I could be Catholic.
If you enjoy great photography of great cathedrals, check out this bloggers’ photos of the Chapel of the Holy Right in Budapest, Hungary.
3 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Notre Dame Cathedral”
I have visited Notre Dame also, as well as many cathedrals in Italy. They give me a sense of poignancy, because of the futility of the worship there. Catholicism is not a saving faith, having added many false doctrines to its tradition and preaching a corrupted version of Jesus. Inside those cathedrals were and still are people with dark hearts, never having been illuminated by the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ, therefore their worship is pointless. Despite the disunity in Protestantism, there is no building beautiful enough to ever get me to say I wish I was worshiping in a religion that is not founded by Jesus. A false unity is no unity at all…
Agreed Elizabeth, and thank you for your comment. I don’t know if you read my posts on Protestant disunity or not, but I tried to make the point that modern Protestantism is suffering from many false versions of the gospel leading to disunity. Its a shame. I’d be interested in your perspective on those posts if you are interested in reading them. Thanks again.
Good morning Brother Lon,
I read the post referred to, ‘Sometimes I wish I could be Catholic’, before commenting, but not the posts on Protestant disunity. I will do so. Thank you
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