An Anniversary Message from Monsignor Rupert
My Dear Friends,
Today we celebrate the 135th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral. This occasion is celebrated as a Solemnity within the Cathedral and as a Feast in all parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. It is done so to reflect the importance of the Cathedral in the life of our local church. It is here that Bishop Bambera has his chair, or cathedra, and it is here that we celebrate great moments in our community of faith.
Consecrated the Cathedral of Saint Peter by Scranton's first bishop, the Right Reverend William O'Hara on September 28, 1884, the Cathedral had been Saint Vincent de Paul Church for seventeen years. The change of name calls to mind Christ's words to Saint Peter: "Upon this rock, I will build my church. (Mt 16:18)"
Let us give glory to God today as we thank him for the gift of our beloved Cathedral and remember generations past who sacrificed their time, talent, and treasure to build this church. Our Cathedral - made from stone, glass, marble, and wood - is a symbol of God’s living church. As the apostle Peter teaches us, there is another holy building, a spiritual one, constructed out of living stones, of all those who have been baptized. You and I are those individual stones forming God’s holy Temple, resting on the cornerstone - Christ himself.
I offer the following prayer for our Cathedral and for you on this special day. Know that I personally hold each of you and those you hold dear in my prayers daily. As we look forward in blessed hope, we give thanks this day for our Cathedral which in its beauty and holiness gives us a glimpse of the glory which one day awaits us.
Monsignor Dale R. Rupert
Pastor, Cathedral of St. Peter
Father of holiness and power, be present to us in this house of prayer, this place of salvation and sacrament, where Your Gospel of peace is proclaimed, and Your holy mysteries celebrated.
In this house we come to know anew the abiding of Your dwelling among us. Welcome us when we come before You as a sinful and broken people; nourish us in Your love and make us whole again. Shape and enrich the fabric of our being so that we may truly become the Body of Christ.
As we journey forth from this venerable Cathedral; guide us by Your Word, bring us closer to fulfillment, in the vision of Your peace, and be with us on our journey through this life until we come at last to the Heavenly City of the new Jerusalem.
In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.