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Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
Holy Saturday.  Immediately following Morning Praise, preparations begin for the great Easter Vigil.  Debe Meder (left) and her team arrange hundreds of tulips, hydrangeas, and above all, Easter lilies, for the altar decorations.

Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
Meanwhile, the dedicated members of the Cathedral Guild do everything from readying the tapers for the assembly at the Vigil and cleaning the votive candle glasses...

Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
...to polishing the Paschal candlestand!
 
Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
Each year, the multi-talented Joseph Adam, Cathedral Organist, prepares the Paschal candle.


Sacristan Brenda Bellamy engineered the hanging of eight gold banners, created by Kitty Kavanaugh and based on the art of Gustav Klimt.

Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
The sponsors of our fifteen Elect gather at the font for a rehearsal on Saturday morning.  Helen Oesterle, Director of Religious Education, walks them through what will happen in the Liturgy of Baptism later tonight.

Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
Towels for the newly-baptized are counted and stacked in the South Sacristy.
  
Preparations for Easter at St. James Cathedral
Detailed checklists help the sacristans not to miss any important details.   A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Cathedral beautiful for Easter!

Easter at St. James Cathedral, Seattle
At 7:00pm, the Masters of Ceremonies meet to talk through the complexities of the Easter Vigil liturgy.

Easter at St. James Cathedral, Seattle
For the second year in a row, the Easter Vigil at St. James was broadcast live, worldwide, on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

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Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303