The Sagrada Família in Barcelona illuminates the towers of the four Evangelists

The towers of the evangelists, a symbol of faith

Vatican News

The Sagrada Família has inaugurated and illuminated four more tetra morphs so that it now has 13 finished towers out of a total of 18. These are the four towers dedicated to the evangelists John, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which will remain lit until 8 January. These towers inaugurated this year show the world the importance of the Gospels. A catechesis that points to the four cardinal points: St. Luke oriented in the north, St. Matthew in the south, St. Mark in the West, and St. John in the East. Christian tradition has identified the four evangelists by representing John with the eagle, Luke with the ox, Mark with the lion, and Matthew with the man so that Gaudí’s tetra morph has become consolidated in this Christian iconography.

In 2026 the Jesus Tower is scheduled to be inaugurated, which will be the highest part of the architectural complex and will be surrounded by these four towers of the evangelists. A way of symbolising how the tetra morph, the four evangelists, transmit the same message from different points of view and configure the figure of Jesus.

Yesterday afternoon, a solemn Mass was celebrated in the Sagrada Familia with the subsequent blessing of the four towers of the evangelists. Cardinal Juan José Omella handed over the presidency of the Eucharistic celebration to the Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra, Monsignor Bernardito Auza, who presided over the Mass together with 2,000 people.

The Apostolic Nuncio stressed that the four towers “are dedicated to the holy evangelists, St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke, and St John” and that each one reminds us of “what the evangelists, who in unison evoke the presence of Christ, urge us to be witnesses of the Lord in the midst of the world, through his life”. Furthermore, he expressed his wish that the towers of the holy evangelists “move us all to look towards where Gaudí truly looked, to the incarnate Word of God in Mary”.