Saturday, October 8, 2016

Consecration of a Church

The High Altar at the Parish of St. Francis de Sales, Mableton, Georgia

Today, 8 October, marks the anniversary of the dedication of the parish church of this blogger: St. Francis de Sales Parish in Mableton, Georgia; a personal parish of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia in the care of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).

The parish was erected on 27 January 1999 by decree of Archbishop John Francis Donoghue, the text of which can be read here: Decree Erecting the Parish of St. Francis de Sales

On 8 October 2000AD, the parish church was consecrated by the Archbishop.  This link provides both pictures and the text of the lengthy and beautiful ceremony: Consecration of St. Francis de Sales

From that ceremony, the parish church is, in a profound way, holy and consecrated ground.  Today, then, is a great day of celebration for the parish and the parishioners.  The parish website is here: St. Francis de Sales Parish, Mableton, GA

For more on the consecration of a church, you should note the section on churches in this article: Old Catholic Encyclopedia: Consecrations

Perhaps you might take this opportunity to learn the date that your parish was formed and the Church dedicated?

I close with this memorable modern offering of the motet Locus iste -- the text of the Gradual at a Mass for the Dedication of a Church -- by Anton Bruckner:
Bruckner: Locus Iste

Live well!

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