Liturgy Photo Album


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Christmas, 2005.  Nearly 7,000 people celebrated the Nativity of the Lord at St. James Cathedral's Masses of Christmas.  Click here to read Father Ryan's homily for the day; click here to see more pictures of the celebrations.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005. We celebrate the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Dedication of St. James Cathedral.  At the beginning of the Mass, we process through the church lighting each of the twelve dedication candles.  The Cathedral was dedicated on December 22, 1907 and rededicated on the same date in 1994, following its restoration and renovation.


Sunday, December 18, 2005.  Readings and Carols.  The youth musicians, readers, and servers lead this traditional Advent prayer.  Click here for more photos.


On Saturday, December 10, St. James Cathedral hosted the annual celebration of Simbang Gabi.  Click here for more photos.


On Saturday, December 3, the Cathedral hosted the annual Archdiocesan celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas.  Click here for more pictures of this colorful celebration.


Thanksgiving Day, 2005.  At this beautiful celebration, gifts of food items to the poor are brought forward to the altar at offertory time.  Here, these gifts are incensed along with the gifts of bread and wine as the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins.


Sunday, November 20. At the beginning of our Year of Prayer and Renewal, Father Ryan stands at the font to lead us in the renewal of our baptismal promises.  At each Mass, a member of the Pastoral Vision Committee led the Cathedral parish commitment.  Click here for more photos.


On Sunday, November 13, Archbishop Brunett blessed our new Pastoral Care Center.  See more photos of a wonderful (rainy!) celebration here.


Wednesday, November 2.  Solemn Mass of All Souls with Faur
's Requiem.  Here, servers surround the altar with light as the Book of the Gospels is solemnly carried to the ambo.  Read Father Ryan's homily here.


Friday, October 21, 2005Closing Mass for the Year of the Eucharist.  Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle Eusebio Elizondo presided at this festive, multicultural Mass marking the conclusion of the Year of the Eucharist, which began in October 2004.


The children of St. Catherine School in Seattle sang at the Mass.


Sunday, October 2, 2005.  First Sunday Youth Celebration. This special Mass included a blessing of children, parents, and catechists.  Youth readers, servers, ushers, and musicians helped to lead the people in the liturgy.


Saturday, September 24, 2005.  Liturgy Day.  Once a year liturgical ministers gather together to be renewed in ministry.  After praying the Liturgy of the Hours together, we meditated on the Mass, with brief presentations by Helen Oesterle, Jim Savage, Sr. Claudette Conrad, and Patty Bowman.  Then different ministries participated in "breakout sessions" that focused on specific issues and challenges.  The morning concluded with Mass in the Cathedral.


Sunday, September 4, 2005.  A place of prayer for the victims of Hurricane Katrina was established in the Cathedral's north transept.  Click here to visit the online place of prayer.


Friday, August 19, 2005.  Prayer around the Cross with Music from Taiz
in memory of Brother Roger Schutz.  Read more about the service here.


On Sunday, August 14, 2005, at the Noon Mass, St. James held its second annual Multicultural Marian Celebration.  This year, the image of Our Lady of Lavang, dear to the people of Vietnam, was given special honor.  See more images of this celebration and read the story of Our Lady of Lavang here.



Thursday, July 28, 2005.  This week St. James Cathedral was proud to host the summer institute of the Tallis Scholars.  The festival choir sang at special Vespers services three afternoons this week, and performed two concerts in the Cathedral.


Sunday, July 24, 2005, the Feast of St. James.  St. James "the Greatest" surveys the assembly at the conclusion of the 10:00am Mass.  See more pictures of the celebration here.


On Monday, June 27, 2005, the eighth anniversary of the death of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, Archbishop Brunett offered Mass in memory of the deceased bishops who have served the Archdiocese of Seattle.  In the evening, a special Mass honored Christian Brothers Hugh Greenan and Thomas LeJeune as they celebrated the golden and silver jubilees (respectively) of their profession.


Saturday, June 11, 2005.  Ordination to the Priesthood.  Deacon Ed White was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Click here for more pictures.


Monday, June 6, 2005.  An historic day for the Archdiocese of Seattle: Father Eusebio Elizondo and Father Joseph Tyson were ordained auxiliary bishops by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett.  Click here to read the article from the Catholic Northwest Progress.


Sunday, May 29, 2005.  Corpus Christi.  The 10:00am Mass concluded with the traditional procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  See more pictures of this joyful celebration here.


Monday, May 16, 2005.  Anglican and Roman Catholic clergy gather in the Cathedral for a Vespers service marking the launch of Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ, a landmark statement.  Archbishop Brunett and Anglican Archbishop Peter Carnley of Perth, Australia, co-chair the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) which prepared this statement.


Sunday, May 15, 2005.  Father Ryan preaches at the 10:00am Mass on Pentecost.  Read Father Ryan's homily here.


Sunday, May 15, 2005.  The young women's choir Jubilate! sing a prelude around the altar on Pentecost Sunday the Noon Mass.


Sunday, May 1, 2005.  Celebration of First Eucharist.  Thirty-two young people made their first communion today.  Click here to see more photos.


Saturday, April 2, 2005.  A thousand gather to mourn the death and give thanks for the life of John Paul II.  At the conclusion of the Mass is a candlelight vigil which lasts until Midnight.  Click here to view more photos.


Sunday, March 20, 2005. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.  Click here for a photo album of Holy Week, 2005.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005.  Chrism Mass.  This Mass gathers people from all over the Archdiocese for the blessing of the holy oils to be used in sacramental anointings at Easter and throughout the coming year.  Here Archbishop Brunett incenses the oil standards at the beginning of the Mass.  The heart of the Chrism Mass is the blessing of the oils for the sick and the catechumens, and the consecration of the oil of Sacred Chrism.


Sunday, March 13, 2005.  At the Noon Mass we celebrated the Scrutiny for the youth Elect, young people who will be baptized, confirmed, and receive their first Eucharist at Easter.  After the prayer of blessing, their hands were anointed with the Oil of Catechumens.


After the Noon Mass, the children prayed the Way of the Cross together.  At each of the stations we heard a scripture passage and prayer.


Sunday, February 27, 2005.  This week we celebrate the first of three scrutinies of the Elect.  The scrutinies are ancient prayers of healing to strengthen the Elect as they prepare for the sacraments of Easter.  "God of power, grant that these elect, who, like the woman of Samaria, thirst for living water, may turn to the Lord as they acknowledge the sins and weaknesses that weigh them down....  In your love free them from their infirmities, heal their sickness, quench their thirst, and give them peace."  For the complete text of these powerful prayers, visit the RCIA photo album.


Thursday, February 10, 2005.  At the Rite of Election, the catechumens enroll their names in the Book of the Elect.  At this point in their spiritual journey, they are no longer catechumens, but Elect, called to the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.


Sunday, January 23, 2005.  At the 10am Mass, our Centennial continued with a celebration of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the contributions they have made to the life of the Cathedral parish in the last 100 years.  At the conclusion of the Mass, the Sisters surprised Father Ryan by presenting him with their highest honor, the Holy Names Award.  Read more here.


Friday, January 21, 2005.  Taiz Prayer for Christian Unity.  Christian leaders of many denominations gathered at our weekly ecumenical prayer to pray for unity among Christians throughout the world.


Sunday, January 16, 2005.  Celebration of the Santo Nino--Holy Child.  Members of the parish bring their own images of the Child Jesus to be blessed during this celebration.  The traditional image of the Santo Nio de Cebu is given special honor.


Sunday, January 2, 2005.  The Epiphany of the Lord.  After Mass Father Ryan distributes gifts of candy coins (a European Epiphany tradition) to all the children.  View more photos of the celebration here.

Photos by M. Laughlin St. James Cathedral, Seattle.  All rights reserved.


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