Nothing in Catholic church architecture to left to chance. Everything has a place and a reason for its placement in RC churches (and with a meaning, overt or otherwise). What is out in the open under the umbrella term of Sacred Tradition might surprise some.
Something occurs to me looking at both the floor plans of the old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with the Disneyesque RC mandated Baroque fun house – the new St. Peter’s Basilica. After the Reformation, Roman Catholicism got turned into smoke and mirrors. Got turned into PR rhetoric propaganda and not substance.
Few realize that St. Peter’s is not a Cathedral or chair or a bishop as in the bishop of Rome. The bishop of Rome’s seat is in the cathedral of St. John Lateran, a building, or its foundations, that is as old as Constantine’s religion itself.
And Constantine, was perhaps one of the first or earliest of many Universalists of history, following Akhenaten, Amranmosis (mosis – son of - Amran or just plain Moses), Saul of Tarsus and maybe even Jesus of Nazareth as well.
What caught my eye was the Chair of Peter thingy in both the old and the new St. Peter’s. Not much historical detail or paintings of the old St. Peter’s. But the new St. Peter’s has the smoke and mirror stained glass window of a dove surrounded by a sunburst above this mythical chair of Peter. Why all this emphasis on the power of Peter? He is not even buried there. He was buried in Jerusalem and never traveled outside of Palestine in his entire life?
The problem with a Universalist agenda then was that you had to tie all the strings together, just like string theory theology these days in the new secular religion of science.
Well back to placement of Significant Statues surrounding the main altar at the new St. Peter’s where there are two rather curious statues out of four.
One of course is of St. Helena, Constantine’s mom. It was mom’s lap pet religion of Christianity that caught his eye in terms of consolidating and merging all religions in the Roman Empire into one. It was mom who did the big Asian tour to Palestine and decided on which antiques from Rodeo Drive type antique shops she visited that became the official relics of her pet religion, now trading up under sonny’s growing patronage.
It was the bones, partial skeleton, which St. Helena signed off on, on Vatican Hill that became the present bones of “St. Peter” under the high altar at St. Peter's Baroque theme park/church.
But the one Statue, the first one at the right, facing forward towards the Chair of Peter Bronze sculpture below the sunburst stained glass window is St. Longinus. St. Longinus - all fifteen odd feet of him in height and gazing into the oculus.
St. Longinus is one of those verbal tradition things that you have to blindly believe in as a RC. Longinus is the so-called Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus on the cross.
If I were to analyze a myth, I would have to say that the statue of whomever (St. Longinus) carrying a long lance (and or of a ray of light) in his right hand gesturing in the direction of the chair of Peter below the Oculus stained glass window (the sun god), that statue is also guarding the stairway down into the grotto where ancient Romans like Constantine worshipped his sun god, Roman army cult god Mithra, born December 25.
More on this centuries old, sacred, secret global Solis Dei cult later on.