I first drove by St. Stan's in Milwaukee in 1973. A friend from college lived in Milwaukee and when I went to visit I was stunned at the fiery reflection from its golden domes. A few years later I went inside. It was a marvelous building. As you can see in the video, this building decayed and its interior ornaments were in danger of being lost. The parish undertook a needed but expensive program of restoration and the building will be with us for many years to come, without its wonderful architectural details being at risk. Take a look for yourself.
My point in all of this is that when the people of God build well, there is something to repair and restore. When we do not build well, we must tear down what will not endure and rebuild. In rebuilding, we face the loss of our very connection to the past and the identity that is the fruit of the sacred deposit once entrusted to the saints before us. This is certainly true with architecture but it is no less true of the forms of worship (the Divine Service), doctrinal catechesis, and Christian calendar. These we inherit and these are means to form and shape within us the Christian character that is the fruit of God's work in baptism and the flowering of His purpose in our lives flowing from baptism.