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The Dedication of the Chapel

On the Vigil of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 28 2005 Archbishop Barry James Hickey dedicated the “Redemptoris Mater” Chapel before a large assembly of the Faithful representing all sections of the Catholic Church of Perth. The Rite of Dedication is similar to the Rite of Baptism, because the Chapel represents the living Church, the followers of Christ who in their own Baptism were consecrated to Christ and made Priests, Prophets and Kings. In the Liturgy, were the Baptismal symbols of  water, light, incense, clothing with the white cloth and the anointing with oil. The Relics of Saints and a Blessed were inserted in the Altar. The Liturgy concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist.

The Deacon preparing the gifts on the Altar

Burning of Incense on the newly consecrated Altar

June 28 2005

The Order of Service which took place on this day in 2005:

• Archbishop enters the assembly in procession

      following the Incense, Processional Cross,

      Bible, acolytes and concelebrating


• Handing over of the Chapel to the


• The Sprinkling with Holy Water, which is

      blessed by the Archbishop, of the People,

      the Chapel walls and the Altar.

• The Liturgy of the Word.

• Depositing the relics of the Saints.

• Prayer of Dedication.

• Anointing of the Altar and the walls

      of the Chapel (twelve wooden crosses)

      with Chrism.

• Burning of Incense on the Altar and the

      incensing of the people and

      internal space of the Chapel.

• Dressing of the Altar in white linen and

      decorated with flowers as for a feast.

• Lighting of the Altar candles and the

      twelve candles on the walls.

• Celebration of the Eucharist.

See the Special Memorial Edition published by “The Record”