“God’s Architect” (Antoni Gaudí, born 1852; died 1926) took over Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia design and construction in 1883 and worked on it until his death in 1926. Gaudí knew that he would not live to see it finished, and he left instructions for the generations of architects who would follow him. His whole approach to the building of Sagrada Familia was catechetical, to explain the Gospels and the teachings of the Church. The Spanish Civil War in the 1930s slowed down the work, due to destruction of some of his files and some of the structure, but it has continued faithfully since then. Its projected completion date of 2026 will mark 100 years since his death and will be a landmark for the ages.
His extraordinary vocation and love of the Church combined to produce one of the most gifted artists in the history of art. Indeed the cause for his beatification has been introduced (http://gaudibeatificatio.com/files/docs/GAUDI-BOOK.pdf). It seems appropriate to ask for his help in furthering the mission of Stabat Mater Prayer Apostolate: to pray for and with artists so as to advance the Culture of Life.
Below is the English text of the “Prayer for Private Devotion” to Antoni Gaudí. Please pray it and the Stabat Mater Prayer for Artists daily for all artists, their families, and their benefactors. Antoni Gaudí, please intercede for this intention of the Stabat Mater Prayer Apostolate: construction of an “Artists’ Chapel,” dedicated to Our Lady, in East Texas.
PRAYER FOR PRIVATE DEVOTION
God our Father, you instilled in your servant Antoni Gaudí, architect, a great love for your Creation and a burning desire to imitate the childhood and passion mysteries of your Son. Grant, by the power of the Holy Spirit that I also may learn to dedicate myself to a well-done work and glorify your servant Antoni, granting me, through his intercession the favour I request (here make your petition). Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, grant us peace and preserve the family. (Three Times)