April 21, 2024, Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2024, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Reading the Cathedral, Part 9: Candles, Images, and Statues Anyone walking into a Catholic Church for the first time would be struck by many things, perhaps chief among them the statues, images, and candles, because these are unique to Catholic churches and worship. Many accuse us of idol worship and of breaking the First Commandment, …

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From the Rector, Third Sunday of Easter, 4/14/2024

From the Rector, Third Sunday of Easter, 4/14/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 8: The Sanctuary The word “sanctuary” means holy place. It is where God dwells and is therefore a place set aside for divine worship and nothing else. In the Old Testament, this took the form of the Meeting Tent and later on the Temple, where there was the sanctuary where the priests …

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From the Rector, Fourth Sunday of Lent, 3/10/2024

From the Rector, Fourth Sunday of Lent, 3/10/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 7.2: The Eschatological Windows in the Loft In the choir loft of the Cathedral, one can see a triptych of what I like to call “The Sacred Heart of Christ the King.” Whereas in the sanctuary and nave of the church Christ Jesus is seen more so in His humanity, whether in …

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From the Rector, Second Sunday of Lent, 3/3/24

From the Rector, Second Sunday of Lent, 3/3/24

Reading the Cathedral, Part 7.1: The Covenant Windows in the Sanctuary Within the sanctuary of the Cathedral, one may find four “covenant windows.” These represent the beginning of all time and history, the original covenants God made with man, as well as His saving promises which are fulfilled in Christ. To understand this first set …

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From the Rector, Second Sunday of Lent, 2/25/2024

From the Rector, Second Sunday of Lent, 2/25/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 6: In the Shape of the Cross Many large churches are designed to be “cruciform,” that is, in the shape of the cross. Our cathedral is built this way, though you can only tell from the inside. This shape and symbol is so important to our faith, for obvious reasons, that even …

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From the Rector, First Sunday of Lent, 2/18/2024

From the Rector, First Sunday of Lent, 2/18/2024

  Reading the Cathedral, Part 5: The Nave Walking from the narthex into the main body of the church can feel like a deep breath of air. From the small confines of the entry way, you can now see the high ceilings and feel the openness of the space. You are now in the nave. …

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From the Rector, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/11/2024

From the Rector, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/11/2024

Choosing Lenten Penances              Lent begins this Wednesday. Early as it is this year, we cannot let this season slip by, lest we lose the many chances for grace therein. With that in mind, I wanted to offer some practical tips for choosing your Lenten penances. Hopefully you have been prayerfully considering this before today! But …

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From the Rector, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/4/2024

From the Rector, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/4/2024

Reading the Cathedral, Part 3: The Facade of the Church Just like people, every church has a different face, or facade. This helps us to tell one person from another, and one church from another. And just as with people, the facade of a church can tell us a great deal about what lies within. Looking …

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