Cathedral reopens Jan. 21 - Catholic Courier

Cathedral reopens Jan. 21

More than 800 people are expected to attend the Jan. 21 reopening ceremony at Rochester’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Charlotte Bruney, who co-chairs the prayer and worship subcommittee of the cathedral renovation committee, noted that the dedication liturgy will begin at 4 p.m.

Bruney said the ceremony will begin with a ritual reopening of the doors, as representatives of the various firms that worked on renovating the cathedral will turn over its keys to Bishop Matthew H. Clark. The representatives will also present the bishop with a book filled with the names of those who worked on the project, she said.

Bishop Clark will then turn the keys over to Father John Mulligan, pastor at Sacred Heart and one of the diocese’s two vicars general. Father Mulligan will unlock the doors and invite the assembly to enter the cathedral for the first time since its doors were ritually sealed in June of 2003. At this pointthe cathedral’s interior will be dimly lit, Bruney said.

Once all have taken their places, Bishop Clark will proceed to bless the waters of the new baptismal font. He will be assisted by Father Mulligan; Father Joseph A. Hart, the diocese’s other vicar general and moderator of the Pastoral Center; and Father Daniel Condon, chancellor. The four men will use baptismal waters to sprinkle the people, the cathedral’s side walls and its transepts.

The Liturgy of the Word will feature special readings for the occasion, Bruney said. Michelle Reichlmayr and Barbara Kelley, who co-chaired the cathedral renovation committee, will proclaim the readings.

After his homily, Bishop Clark will perform a ritual anointing of the cathedral’s altar with chrism. The 12 priests who serve as regional coordinators of the diocese will assist the bishop in anointing the walls, Bruney said. They will be escortedby liturgical dancers.

The bishop will then place a bowl of incense on the altar while he continues to lead the assembly in the prayer of dedication. The dancers will take up additional bowls of incense and move throughout the cathedral, incensing the building and all present within its walls.

A deacon will present the bishop with a dedication candle, the flamesof which will be used to light the altar candles and the candles on the wall sconces, Bruney said. The interiorlighting will be raised to full power as the cathedral is readied for the Celebration of the Eucharist. The altar will be dressed,and the offertory gifts brought forward.

At the conclusion of the eucharistic prayer, the congregation will be invited to recite the Lord’s Prayer. Worshipers will be asked to say the prayer in their native tongues, demonstrating the ethnic diversity of the diocese, Bruney said.

Following distribution of the Eucharist, Bishop Clark will process with a ciborium — a covered cup containing consecratedhosts — to inaugurate the tabernacle inside the new Blessed Sacrament chapel, Bruney said. This tabernacle, originally from the former St. Philip Neri Church in Rochester, was removed from the ashes of a 1967 fire that claimed the lives of Father George Weinmann, pastor, and Sister Lillian Marie McLaughlin, SSND, who were overcome while attempting to rescue the Blessed Sacrament. Once Bishop Clark places the ciborium inside the tabernacle, the three sanctuary lamps will then be lit, indicating the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, Bruney said.

At the conclusion of the liturgy, all will be invited to enjoy a reception in the narthex.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, the public may tour the cathedral and participate in a 7 p.m. Ecumenical Taiz{e-acute} Evening Prayer Service, to which members of the ecumenical community especially will be invited.

Masses at the cathedral resume on Sunday, January 23, and special events have been scheduled to enable people to visit the renovated cathedral. A schedule is listed in the box at left.

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