April 19, 2019: Notre Dame Cathedral and the Cathedral of St John the Divine

From Fr. Steven

The newsletter will return after Easter Week on Friday, May 3.

After a difficult week with our small fire at the Cathedral on Palm Sunday, and then the catastrophic fire on Holy Monday at Notre Dame Cathedral, I can think of nothing better than to share the following quote by Michel Aupetit, the Archbishop of Paris, which helps to remind us of the ultimate paradox at the heart of these architectural wonders:

"We must ask why Notre Dame was constructed. Why this human genius? Because they could have done something functional. It's far more than functional. And why? Because what is honored there is absolutely splendid, that's what we believe. And if you want to ask the real question, what jewel is this jewel box for? It's not for the Crown of Thorns, you know? It's for a piece of bread. It's astonishing. How can one construct such a work of art for a piece of bread? That piece of bread is the Body of Christ. And that endures. Nobody will ever be able to destroy it."

The Rev. Steven Lee

Support for Cathedral Community Cares Easter Sunday, April 20—bring food for a special meal
Easter Sunday, April 20, the Soup Kitchen serves a festive Easter meal.  Congregation members are encouraged to bring donations of fully cooked chickens (20 are needed); brown gravy; cans of ground coffee and desserts—cookies, pies, cakes. Bring your donation to the Kitchen by 10:00 a.m.  Enter through the door across from the guard booth on the south side of the Cathedral.  THANK YOU!

Paschal Triduum at the Cathedral

April 18, Maundy Thursday 
7 PM Maundy Thursday Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
9 PM Vigil at the Altar of Repose in the Baptistry

April 19, Good Friday 
12:00 PM The Liturgy of Good Friday
2:30 PM Stations of the Cross in Spanish and English
7 PM Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, featuring David Briggs

April 20, Holy Saturday 
7 PM The Great Vigil of Easter
April 21, Easter Sunday
8 AM Holy Eucharist
11 AM Festal Eucharist for Easter Day
4 PM Festal Choral Evensong