ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARISH CHURCH DEDICATION - THANKSGIVING DAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1910
Each year on the Anniversary Mass of the Dedication this Post-Communion Prayer is read: O God, from living and chosen stones Thou preparest an eternal dwelling-place for Thy majesty; assist Thy suppliant people, that Thy Church, whilst benefiting by material enlargement, may also expand by spiritual increase. Through our Lord.
Note the clear theological thoughts of these prayers. The material building, however beautiful it may be, is not the primary blessing. In the Dedication Post-Communion the primary blessing is that this place, especially dedicated to God, may be a place wherein people’s prayers will find favor and that the people may experience God’s loving kindness towards them. In the Anniversary Post-Communion, the primary blessing recalled is that human souls have grown closer to God and found their way to Heaven by means of this church building (from living and chosen stones Thou preparest an eternal dwelling-place for Thy majesty). The Church’s success is measured by the “spiritual increase” in the parishioners’ souls. Let us give heartfelt thanks to God for our parish church of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes on the Anniversary of its Dedication because it is the domus Dei (the House of God) and the porta caeli (the Gate of Heaven).
To read more about the 1910 Church Dedication, click here.