My dear parishioners,
Back in March, when the pandemic caused by the corona virus swept across the world, we entrusted ourselves here at the Cathedral to the Lord Jesus and to His Mother, who is our “Perpetual Help.”
We promised to “crown” their venerable images as a sign of our confidence (the word “corona” means “crown”) — trusting that the Lord who is King and the intercession of the Queen of Heaven are more powerful than even the dreaded virus.
This week — coming to the end of 2020 and ready to begin 2021 on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God — the crowns have been affixed to their images here in the Cathedral’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
I am very grateful for the generosity of Blanquart Jewelers of Belleville for the kind donation of their time, materials and artistry; and to several parishioners who made contributions, especially the stones that honor the Prince of Peace and His queenly Mother.
This ancient custom is neither superstition nor idolatry. As Pope St. Paul VI taught us: “For what other reason do we turn to Mary except to seek the Christ in her arms, to seek our Savior in her and with her? To Him we turn amid the anxieties and perils of this world… to find a haven of salvation.”
Deliver us always, from every danger!