The Sacred Heart Cathedral Is Of The Roman Catholic Religion.

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The Sacred Heart Cathedral is of the Roman Catholic religion. The Roman Catholic church was created when the Eastern and Western churches divided in 1054, with the Roman Catholic church coming from the Western church (Matlins). Coming from a Methodist background, I found Roman Catholicism interesting because out of the various Christian denominations Roman Catholicism appeared to differ the greatest from the Protestant and Orthodox sectors of Christianity (Brodd). It is intriguing that one religion can have various practices and ways of worship. After and during Mass I was able to compare the Methodist religion and Roman Catholic religion to each other. Through formulating questions and expectations, observation, listening, and taking in…show more content…
As I entered the cathedral the first observation I made was that the congregation was wearing various clothing. Some individuals were dressed in formal attire, which I was expecting, but others were dressed in shorts, T-shirts, and sneakers. This was surprising to me because I had thought that attending Mass was a formal occasion. There were greeters at the entrance of the Cathedral making everyone feel welcomed and passing out bulletins. I was amazed by the intricacy of the inside of the cathedral! The ceiling of the cathedral reminded me of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. Before the service started, I awed at the ceiling and the stained glass windows. The stained glass windows were vibrant in color and intricate in design. Throughout the cathedral there were statues of various important Christian figures. I assumed that the statues were either of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, various saints, or individuals from the Old Testament because Matlins and Magida discuss how these statues are prominent in Roman Catholic cathedrals (Matlins). I know for a fact that one of the statues was indeed Jesus because it was a statue of him hanging on the cross. Like my church, there were pews for the congregation to sit in; however, what was different was that there were benches for the congregation to kneel on. According to Matlin and Magida, these benches are
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