Good weather for Chancery dedication

From the facebook page of the Ordinariate:

Clergy_before_Evensong_Feb-1Ordinariate clergy with Cardinal Levada and Cardinal DiNardo at the blessing of our new Chancery building at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church on Sunday February 1. It was a glorious day!

Blessing_the_FoyerCardinal Levada, Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Fiorenza, and Monsignor Steenson blessing the entry foyer of our new Chancery building. Here are photos of both sides of the foyer:

10978694_779081062180743_1906698245174705845_n10492121_779081132180736_6330810244906791524_nand the Oratory:

The Oratory

and Father John Hodgins writes:

Cardinal Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the CDF, has steered the Ordinariates from their inception. Today he offered two spiritually powerful homilies. Members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (POCSP) gathered to celebrate the blessing and dedication of the astoundingly beautiful POCSP Chancery in Houston, Texas.

Cardinal Levada preached at both Solemn High Mass this morning and later at Solemn Evensong with Blessing of the Chancery on a mild day in February. Nearing his 80th year, the Cardinal turned our attention again and again to the Holy Spirit and the gifts of beauty and truth which the POCSP must focus on mission and the New Evangelization.

The weather, which was predicted to be rainy for the past two days, was mild and dry for the moving late afternoon procession through the cloisters which connect the Principal Church of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, to the new stone and marble Chancery.

One engineer, amongst the hundreds who gathered today, said the Chancery was built to last 1000 years on the model of tenth century stone and marble buildings which have inspired the Ordinariate. The thousand-year-old English buildings are still functional today.

Following are some photos of the day:

The entrance to the Chancery. Only the Canadian Flag is missing. Impromptu singing of “God Save the Queen” later in the reception was followed by songs in honour of the Jacobite succession and the US National Anthem. High spirits with good fun.

IMG_1551St. Peter greets those entering the Chancery.

IMG_1580The foyer of the Chancery with St. Paul and the beautiful vault

IMG_1581and finally the beautiful courtyard around which the Chancery is constructed, viewed from one of the balconies.

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One Response to Good weather for Chancery dedication

  1. May I enquire as to which Jacobite songs were sung?

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