The Dedication Mass of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
15 minutes of silence and reflection
Gratitude for God’s Love followed by Gratitude to our Mother Church, the Cathedral (past & present)
Mass presided by Archbishop
Gratitude for God’s Love, Blessings received, Graces to build
Tour of the Cathedral and its beautiful compound
The Dedication Rites
The Dedication of a church, more so a Cathedral of an archdiocese is a very solemn celebration.
The rite of the dedication begins with the entrance into the church followed by the sprinkling of Holy Water on the Cathedral and on the people (who are the spiritual temples), then the walls of the church, and finally, the altar.
After the Liturgy of the Word, the litany of the saints is sung, and is followed by the Depositing of the Relics of a martyr (St Laurent Imbert) and St Francis Xavier.
This sacred ritual denotes the fact that the sacrifice of the members has its source in the sacrifice of the Head, and that the sacrifice of the Mass is always enjoined to the communion of Saints followed by the Rites of Anointing.
In virtue of the anointing with chrism the altar becomes a symbol of Christ “The Anointed One”, Incensation, Covering and Lighting of the Altar are symbols of the prayer of the Church and her mission to be light to the nations.
When the altar has been prepared, the bishop celebrates the first Eucharist upon the newly dedicated Altar, which is the principal and integral part of the rite of the dedication of a church.
This is so because the altar is the symbol of Christ the “keystone” of the Church built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20)
The Dedication Mass is followed with 12 days of celebrations. Biblically, these 12 days symbolises the fullness and completeness of the celebration; the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 apostles.
Come and celebrate with us and offer our prayers and love for “Mother Church”.