Samantha Stein & Elizabeth Young

The Ecclesia Rosa Mystica

Architectural theology is about creating an environment that embodies the beauty and purity of the divine. The incarnation and transfiguration of Christ becomes the central focus of architectural theology as the entire building is designed to create a procession to where the sacrifice takes place. In traditional Tridentine Liturgy, the rose is a reappearing image that often represents Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Therefore, the rose is symbolic of the sacrifice Christ made for others’ sins to open the gates of heaven. Through the usage of geometric ratios to create pure forms found in nature, and the careful usage of natural light, a sacred space is formed. The Ecclesia Rosa Mystica combines earthly materials and architectural means to embody the foretaste of heaven.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.