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St. Thomas Chapel Dedicated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain
The Archbishop Murphy High School community gathers for a historic ceremony.
On Monday, October 30th donors, students, alumni, and community members gathered in the St Thomas Chapel as the space was dedicated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.
The ceremony began with the blessing of the bell tower and a procession through the tower and into the chapel, as the AMHS Choral-Aires sang throughout the ceremony. Concelebrants for the liturgy included Fr. Armando Guzman, Fr. William Heric, and Fr. Vincent Gilmore. Fr. James Johnson served as the master of ceremonies, and Deacon Craig Lundberg and Deacon Dennis Kelly served as relic bearers and performed rites of the dedication ceremony.
At various times, several dedication rituals were present during the ceremony. The altar was anointed with chrism, as were the four walls, by the Archbishop. Incense was burned on the altar and in the nave of the chapel—indicating that this dedication made the chapel a house of prayer for all people. The altar was prepared and dressed, signifying that it is the Lord’s table, and members of the school community placed altar cloths, candles, and flowers around the altar and throughout the chapel.
The lighting of candles at the altar and throughout the chapel served to remind the worshippers that Christ is “a light to enlighten the nations.” During this part of the dedication, Deacon Lundberg and Deacon Kelly lit the four dedication crosses and the altar candles. The relics of Saint Lawrence and Saint Severus were placed beneath the altar. This is one of the oldest rituals in the church dating back to the early fourth century.
October 30th was a day of great joy and hope as the school celebrated a moment etched in the timeline of Archbishop Murphy High School.
Many thanks to Deacon Craig Lundberg who built new furnishings for the chapel including the altar, tabernacle table, holy water font, and ambo.
The 270 seat St. Thomas Chapel is the first free-standing chapel on the campus of Archbishop Murphy High School. The chapel was completed in July 2017 as part of the Faith and Future campaign.