Crowning set Thursday in Cathedral
LAKE CHARLES – One of the most important events of the “Jubilee Year of the Cathedral Church,” is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, when, in the name and by the authority of Pope Francis, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be crowned. The special year, called for by Bishop Glen John Provost in Dec. 2012, honors the 100-year anniversary of the completion and dedication of the current Cathedral church, which replaced the church destroyed by the Great Fire of 1910.
Provost will be the celebrant of the Mass while His Excellency, The Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the United States, will be the homilist and officiate at the crowning rite. The image of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be crowned sits in a niche above the high altar of the Cathedral. This year of centennial celebration continues until Dec. 13. The public is invited to a reception from 3-5 p.m. with Provost and Viganò in The Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank Building located at 844 Ryan Street. Due to space considerations in the Cathedral, the Mass that follows is by invitation only.
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