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From the Rite of Dedication of a Church

Because the church is a visible building, it stands as a special sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and reflects the Church dwelling in heaven.

When a church is erected as a building destined solely and permanently for assembling the people of God and for carrying out sacred functions, it is fitting that it be dedicated to God with a solemn rite in accordance with the ancient custom of the Church.

A church should be "dignified, evincing a noble beauty...and stand as a sign and symbol of heavenly realities."

Rite of Dedication of a Church

Chapter 2, Introduction

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