Things have gotten a bit dim in and around the century-old Cathedral of St. Paul these days. A fundraising effort by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation (CHF) aims to change that.
Shedding new light on the historic and much-visited church on St. Paul’s highest point is the goal of the foundation’s sixth annual Cathedral Festival of Lights fundraiser Sept. 23.
Money raised will go to switch over all of the cathedral’s lighting to LED lights to improve illumination and conserve energy. The first phase of the project’s three phases will focus on brightening the 1.5-acre interior, which includes many dimly lit side chapels and dozens of burned out ceiling and cornice lights. Approximately 800 LED lights are needed to upgrade and replace the existing interior lighting, officials said.
“With grant funding from the CHF, we were able to get started on this process over the winter, and already the energy savings have been substantial and far outweigh the investment in LED lights,” said the Rev. John Ubel, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul. “Plus, the new LED lights have a ‘life span’ measured in years. Once the transition has been completed, this could save us as much as 20 hours in maintenance per month and reduce our energy bills by 30 percent or more.”
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“Voices of Light” is a stunning evening of music and film, merging Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful orchestral/choral score by award-winning American composer Richard Einhorn. Join conductor Matthew Mehaffey and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota for the Twin Cities premiere.
Voices of Light is a stunning evening of music and film, merging Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 silent film masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” widely considered to b e one of the greatest films ever made, with the live performance of a moving and powerful orchestral/choral score by award – winning American composer Richard Einhorn.
As skaters from around the country and the world compete at the annual Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships Feb. 26-27 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, spectators can send a text to help pay for the Cathedral’s east rose window.
Cathedral staff are hoping that visitors to the event will make contributions via text message to pay for the restoration of the window, which will cost approximately $100,000. The goal for the weekend is to raise $10,000. The 26-foot window currently is in fragile condition, with pieces of stained glass close to falling out.
Red Bull Crashed Ice has agreed to help this effort by broadcasting live a Cathedral-Red Bull Crashed Ice graphic over all the jumbotron screens throughout the event — both Friday and Saturday nights. And the lights will be dimmed the first time the graphic flashes up on screen both nights.
Crashed Ice must be a great marketing event for Red Bull. Why else would the energy-drink company also known for its amped-up athletic events be staging the event this weekend in St. Paul for the fifth year?
But the spectacle of athletes hurling themselves down a 360-meter ice-covered ramp starting on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul is also a good opportunity for the church, although the church calls it evangelizing, not marketing.
The doors of the Cathedral are open during the extreme sports event that is expected to draw as many as 100,000 spectators. Anyone is welcome to come in to warm up and take a look at the historic 100-year old building.
Members of the Cathedral Young Adults organization likely will be waiting inside offering to give a tour or handing out postcards featuring an image of the Cathedral and the Crashed Ice track and a quote by Archbishop John Ireland: “There should be no one who, entering the Cathedral, is not able to say — it is mine.”
On the back side of the postcard, Mass and confession times are listed.
“This Cathedral was built for all,” said Father John Ubel, the Cathedral rector. “I think it’s important that we reach out to the larger community.”
According to the Cathedral, hundreds come inside each year during Crashed Ice. The church welcomes everyone, regardless of their faith tradition.
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In honor of the Second Annual Cathedral Festival of Lights, the East Rose Window will be lit over the front doors of the Cathedral of St. Paul from dusk until 10 p.m. on Sept. 28.
The public is encouraged to stop by and view the window, said Carolyn Will, spokesperson for the Cathedral.
Last year’s inaugural “Festival of Lights” event raised funds for the interior lighting in addition to other restoration projects.
This year’s “fund-a-need” will focus on adding the pontifical trumpet stop to the Great Cathedral Organs currently undergoing a much-needed restoration, Will said.
Original story from thecatholicspirit.com
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.
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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.
A century ago, the dreams of an archbishop and his generous flock were realized in the first mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.
For Palm Sunday, the polished floors of the Cathedral of St. Paul shine in mirror-like brilliance, reflecting a blaze of multicolored light streaming through the massive stained-glass rose windows.
Voices rising from the choir loft are accompanied by the triumphant blast of pipe organs as 1,000 or more worshipers gather under the copper-clad dome to celebrate mass.
It’s here, high atop a hill overlooking downtown St. Paul, where Catholics have come for the past century to worship and wed and pay tribute to those who have passed on.
And it’s here, over the next year, where they will return again and again to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a spiritual shrine through concerts and food drives and even a softball tournament.
At the heart of all the hoopla and history, however, the cathedral stands as an active community of faith.