Dedication and Thanksgiving as St. Carthage’s Cathedral Re-opens

February 25, 2016 5:23 pm

After being closed for ten months, St. Carthage’s Cathedral was reopened with a Pontifical Mass on Monday night the 22nd February. It brought to completion a five-year project of exterior and interior work.

Bishop Jarrett puts in place the reliquary beneath the table of the new altar

Bishop Jarrett places the relics of the saints into the bronze reliquary beneath the table of the altar.

Archbishop Adolfo TitoYllana, the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia joined with Bishop Jarrett, visiting Bishops and priests to concelebrate a Mass for the dedication of the new altar. During the Litany of the Saints, the bronze reliquary was placed by Bishop Jarrett under the table of the new altar and sealed.

Bishop Jarrett incenses the new altar.

Renovations included the new altar of Carrara marble, and the marble paving of the sanctuary, the nave and the baptistry.  An ambo in the form of an eagle lectern was installed, with the restoration of the chancel balustrade and original brass entrance gates. A burial crypt for bishops of the diocese was extended under the sanctuary.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Yllana and Bishop Jarrett at the Consecration during the Mass of Thanksgiving

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Yllana and Bishop Jarrett at the the Consecration during the Mass of Thanksgiving

At the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Yllana unveiled a commemorative plaque marking the blessing of the altar. He then imparted the Apostolic Blessing to all present.

Archbishop Yllana unveils the plaque commemorating the blessing of the new altar

Archbishop Yllana unveils the plaque commemorating the conclusion of the exterior and interior renovation 2010-2015 and the dedication of the new altar.

(Images courtesy of Mia Henning)