In Your Midst


March 2003

In This Issue:

1. At 7:30 pm, the Cathedral choir and Cathedral chamber orchestra presented Mozart’s great Requiem in the context of the Mass of All Souls.

4. The Neri di Bicci Renaissance painting that adorns the Cathedral Chapel was removed to the Seattle Art Museum for a long-awaited restoration.

5-15. The Chapel was thoroughly cleaned and repainted thanks to the generosity of Gene Colin of Ferguson Construction.


22. The Cathedral’s youth choirs and youth readers presented a traditional Advent service of Readings and Carols.

23. The “Greening” of the Cathedral took place after the 5:30 pm Mass. St. James Young Adults pitched in to decorate the Cathedral for Christmas.

24-25. More than 6,000 came to the Cathedral for the Masses of Christmas. Father Ryan commented in his Christmas homily: “If we believe in the Incarnation, then nothing can stay the same because we begin to see everything—and everyone—with new eyes. We begin to see the manger scenes all around us-and not just on Christmas cards and beneath our Christmas trees or on our fireplace mantels. The truly memorable manger scenes are the living ones. And of course we are part of those manger scenes—right in the middle of them because it is our flesh Christ has taken on and he lives in us just as he lives all around us.”

31. More than 800 gathered to ring in the New Year 2003 at our Gala New Year’s Eve Concert. The Cathedral Cantorei and Chamber Orchestra performed the music of Handel.


11. The final tally in the St. James Young Adults’ first annual “Warm Hearts & Soles” sock drive was 3,073, wildly surpassing the goal of 2,003 pairs of socks for homeless men.

13. The Cathedral was closed today as work began for the installation of the new tabernacle, made possible by the generosity of Roy Simperman, Genevieve Albers, and the Pasha family.

17. Nearly 3,000 gathered at St. James at 7:00 pm for a prayer for peace in Iraq followed by a silent candlelight procession along Broadway to St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Capitol Hill. Father Ryan said in his “Call to Peace”: “My friends, we have come here to pray for peace, so let us pray for peace. And let us work for peace — work to create a world free of weapons of mass destruction, a world free of violence, terrorism, and war.”

22. On the 30th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the Cathedral observed a day of prayer for life, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas at 5:30 pm and at 7:00, a Forum in Cathedral Place Hall.


2. The Cathedral’s beautiful new tabernacle was dedicated on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. Father Ryan’s homily on this unique occasion is excerpted in this journal.

10. Father Ryan celebrated the Funeral Mass of his mother Marjorie Ryan. 1,000 family and friends filled the Cathedral to honor her.

27-28, March 1. The St. James original production Great Music for Great Cathedrals returned under the direction of Dr. James Savage, with glorious music, processions, color, and light.

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