Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost Sunday - Images of the Diocesan Church and Its Feast

Collect for Pentecost Sunday

O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord.

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Pentecost has often been called the "Birthday of the Church", both universal and particular.  Here on this auspicious day, when I will confirm more than 100 adult Catholics at the noon (English) and 5:15 (French) Masses at the cathedral, are some photos of last Thursday evening's Diocesan Feast as we marked not only the 164th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese in June 1847, but also the 125th of the elevation of Ottawa to the status of an Archdiocese.

To symbolize the vitality and beauty of our local church, two representatives of each parish brought a single rose to form a harmonious and beautiful bouquet, symbolizing our past and present reality, but also our hope for the future.  At the close of Mass, close to seventy individuals were honoured for their contribution to the archdiocesan church, through devotion to their parish or in some other way.

Photos of this festive Mass, taken by Bob DuBroy follow:


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