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Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) was begun in Barcelona, Spain, on March 19, 1882 (the Feast of St. Joseph). It was conceived as an expiatory church, meaning that it has always been built entirely from private donations. When completed, it will be the tallest church building in the world and will have numerous towers: twelve dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to the Blessed Mother, and one (the tallest, in the center) to Jesus Christ. It has already been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Composite Photo of the interior, Sagrada Familia, courtesyCS, 2014Sagrada Familia, interior, 2014, courtesy CS


The Architect

Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), “God’s Architect,” took on the Sagrada Familia project in 1883 and worked on it until his death in 1926. He knew that he would not live to see it finished, and he left instructions for the generations of architects who would follow him. The Spanish Civil War in the 1930s slowed down the work, due to the destruction of some of his files and some of the structure, but it has continued faithfully since then.

Old Painting of Christ Crucifixion

Explaining the Gospels

Gaudí’s approach to the building of Sagrada Familia was catechetical, to explain the Gospels and the teachings of the Church. Its projected completion date of 2026 will mark 100 years since his death and will be a landmark for the ages. Gaudí’s 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. It seems appropriate, therefore, to ask for his help in furthering the mission of the Stabat Mater Prayer Apostolate: to pray for and with artists to advance the Culture of Life.
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Prayers for the Cause of Antoni Gaudí


God our Father, you instilled in your servant Antoni Gaudi, 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 well-done work and glorify your servant, Antoni, granting me, through his intercession, the favor I request (here make your petition). Amen. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, grant us peace and preserve the family. (Three times)


Dios, Padre Nuestro, que infundiste en tu siervo Antoni Gaudí, arquitecto, un gran amor a tu Creación y un ardiente afán de imitar los misterios de la infancia y de la pasión de tu Hijo; haz que, por la gracia del Espíritu Santo, yo sepa también entregarme a un trabajo bien hecho, y dígnate glorificar a tu siervo Antoni, concediéndome, por su intercesión, el favor que te pido (pídase). Por Cristo Señor nuestro. Amen. Jesus, María y Jose, ¡alcanzadnos la paz y proteged a la familia! (Tres veces)

(Se ruega a quienes obtengan favores y quieran ayudar con limosnas o deseen estampas, que se dirijan a “Associació pro Beatificació d’Antoni Gaudí,” Ap. Cor. 24094 08080 Barcelona, España.)


Dieu notre Père, qui avez suscité en votre serviteur Antoine Gaudi, architecte, un grand amour de votre Création et un désir ardent d’imiter les mystères de l’Enfance et de la Passion de votre Fils; faites que, par la grâce du Saint-Esprit, je sache moi aussi me dédier à un travail bien fait, et veuillez glorifier votre serviteur, Antoine, en me concédant par son intercession, la faveur que je vous demande (préciser). Par Jésus, le Christ, notre Seigneur. Amen. Jésus, Marie et Joseph, obtenez-nous la paix et protégez la famille (Trois fois).

(On demande à ceux qui obtiennent des faveurs, ou qui veulent donner une aumône, comme à ceux qui désirent des images, de se diriger à: “L’Associació pro Beatificació d’Antoni Gaudí,” Ap. Co. 24094 – 08080 Barcelona, España.)