"I rejoiced when they said to me, 'Let us go up to the house of the Lord.'" ~ Psalm 122
After a long renovation process, the sanctuary of the Cathedral finally reached a point where the Bishop could dedicate the sanctuary and consecrate the altars. We have been waiting for this day and were delighted to be able to celebrate such a wonderful liturgy on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
The Bishop, Bishop Emeritus, clergy and servers enter the sanctuary for the Mass of Dedication
The relics of the saints resting on a red cushion by the
Bishop Emeritus, waiting to be sepulchered in the altars.
The Deacon of the Relics, assisted by the Master of Ceremonies, places the relics in the High Altar.
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 altars are clothed with the sacred linens and prepared for the lighting of the altars.
"Light of Christ, shine forth in the Church and bring all peoples to the fullness of truth."
The Holy Sacrifice is offered on the newly consecrated altar
and Our Lord is placed in the tabernacle for the first time.
Receiving Communion at the rail for the first time.
"God is in his holy dwelling place;
the God who causes us to dwell together,
one at heart, in his house; he himself will
give power and strength to his people."
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