By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction
On September 9th, a beautiful ceremony took place in Gower, Missouri at the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus. The Dedication of a Catholic Church is a very specific process that exists in order to consecrate and dedicate to God a material temple, as the Church consecrates most things that serve religious usage.
This dedication involved over 75 religious people from bishops, priests, sisters, and monks. It started on the outside of the church where the exteriors were blessed, accompanied by a litany of prayers and songs. After a few hours, the ceremony moved into the interior of the church, where every cross, statue, pew, font, etc. was blessed.
The Altar of the Church was the next thing to be dedicated and blessed. The Altar blessing also included the placing of the Holy Relics of three Saints. The Relics of Saint Maria Goretti, Pope Saint Pius X, and Saint John Neumann were placed into the Altar. After the Dedication ceremony was complete, the First Mass was celebrated in the newly dedicated Church. The day was concluded with a delicious celebration feast.
This was an incredible ceremony and we are blessed to be a part of such a holy place. Here are some photos from the day.