| 10th June 2004 | Modified: 15th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 28 times

10 June
Jun 10
10th June 2004

Solemn Dedication of St. Columba's Cathedral in Oban  

The Solemn Dedication of St. Columba's, Cathedral of the Diocese of Argyll  
and the Isles will take place this evening at a Mass concelebrated by all  
the Catholic bishops of Scotland.  

Cardinal Keith O'Brien will preside at the Mass during which a short liturgy  
will take place in which the altar and walls of the Cathedral (completed in  
1953) will be anointed with oil of chrism and the altar will be incensed.  
Lastly. Lamps will be lit at the places where the cathedral walls were  

The ceremony takes place the day before the feast of St. Columba (9 June)  
but could not be held on the same day since the dedication of a Cathedral is  
a Solemnity in its own right which cannot coincide with another.  

The dedication liturgy part of which will be in Gaelic (Responsorial Psalm  
and 2nd Reading) will conclude with a presentation by Cardinal O'Brien of a  
blessing from Pope John Paul II to the Diocese marking the Solemn  

Principal Celebrant and Bishop of Argyll and the Isles Bishop Ian Murray in  
his homily, noted;  

"What we are celebrating is a solemn act of dedication on three levels.  
First of all, we are dedicating this building to the exclusive service and  
worship of God. Secondly, we, the community of believers make up the  
Mystical Body of Christ, are re-dedicating ourselves as the temple of the  
New Testament. Lastly we are re-dedicating ourselves to the worship and  
service of God, for everyone who has been baptised has been made a temple of  

Bishop Murray added;  

"As we anoint the walls of the Cathedral with chrism let us remember how we  
too are anointed with that same sacred oil in Baptism, in Confirmation in  
Holy Orders as a sign of the in pouring of the Holy Spirit.  
Let us thank God for the blessings he has stowed on us down the years. We  
remember, too, with gratitude, the past generations who have worshipped in  
all our churches and have gone before us in leaving us a rich heritage of  
Faith and we offer ourselves once more to the service of God and of our  


Peter Kearney  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  

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