The sanctuary readied for the
Rite of Dedication.
In the months leading up to the
completion of the sanctuary, our Bishop made the sanctuary gates and the large cross for the high altar crucifix. He also lined the tabernacle with acacia wood,
the same wood that was used to
build the Ark of the Covenant.
Bishop Emeritus, waiting to be sepulchered in the altars.
The saints in the main altar are Sts. Victoris and Reparatae, while the saints in the high altar are Sts. Fortunatis and Paulina.
St. Victoris was a soldier martyred for the faith. His feast is celebrated on July 21st.
St. Reparatae is a Virgin martyr from Palestine who was tortured and martyred at the age of 11.
St. Fortunatis was martyred during the reign of Diocletian in the year 303AD.
St. Paulina, known as Mother Paulina of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, died July 9, 1942.
She is considered to be a Patroness of those
who suffer from diabetes.
After the relics are placed in the altar, the Bishop anoints the mensa. The Bishop pours the sacred chrism on the middle of the altar and on each of its four corners before anointing the entire mensa. The anointing with chrism makes the altar a symbol of Christ, who is "The Anointed One".
The Bishop incenses the newly
anointed altars. Incense is first burned on the altars to signify that Christ's sacrifice, perpetuated on the altar in mystery, ascends to God as an odor of sweetness.
The incense also signifies the prayers of the people rising up to the throne of God as pleasing offering.
and Our Lord is placed in the tabernacle for the first time.
the God who causes us to dwell together,
one at heart, in his house; he himself will
give power and strength to his people."