Day: September 15, 2017

Easter Celebration Marks 100 Years At St. Paul Cathedral

Easter Celebration Marks 100 Years At St. Paul Cathedral

By admin in Events, Media on 09/15/2017

St. Paul Cathedral Interior | Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Sunday’s Easter holiday marks a centennial celebration for a Midwest Landmark.

The St. Paul Cathedral held its 100th Easter this morning. The first mass held here was 100 years ago on Palm Sunday. And on each holiday since, nearly 3,000 worshipers have filled the pews to celebrate.

The capitol city takes its name from the first St. Paul Cathedral. which was built in the 1840s as a log church. The current building has become a landmark within the city and a symbol of the Catholic faith within the Twin Cities community.

“It was built by many immigrant workers. The financing of the church wasn’t just big money people coming in and donating to the church. It was pretty much the entire Catholic community coming together contributing to the church,” Architectural Historial Larry Millett said. “There’s a list of the small donations, which literally range from a dime to thousands of dollars. It really was, as built, a people’s church.”

The St. Paul Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the country. And it was built with many materials native to Minnesota, like rock-billed granite and stone from Mankato.

Originally written on CBSLocal.com

A St. Paul ediface for the ages

A St. Paul ediface for the ages

By admin in Events, Media on 09/15/2017

Cathedral of St. Paul | Cross overlooking city

Whatever our beliefs, the Cathedral of St. Paul is in some way or another ours.

Graceful and imposing, the structure has been an orienting presence on the landscape, drawing locals and tourists of all faiths to its doors, for a century.

A yearlong centennial celebration included Sunday’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated under the dome of the beloved “cathedral on the hill” — one of the so-called seven hills of the Saintly City.

On the hill — also known as St. Anthony Hill — “there’s no better site to put a monumental structure,” Twin Cities architecture expert Larry Millett said in a recent edition of the Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “The cathedral is much more visible in St. Paul than the Capitol.”

It was “designed as a monumental, muscular display of faith,” said Millett, also a former Pioneer Press reporter.

And so it remains.

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