The presented fragments come from the second chapter of 'Sacred and Profane Beauty. The Holy in Art', a book by the acclaimed Dutch phenomenologist. The whole text has been already published in 'Konteksty' more than ten years ago but owing to the importance of author's reflections for the activity of the Schola of the Wegajty Theatre it was decided to reprint it again, this time in an abbreviated version. In the cited fragments the author followed closely the differences, similarities, and tension between art and religion. In doing so, he portrayed the sacral hinterland of drama and the European theatre. His highly erudite remarks indicate a number of essential religious and symbolic contexts for understanding the role and function of liturgical drama.