Dedication of the altar and mausoleum

Dedication of the altar and mausoleum

Photos by James A. McBride

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Left: The mausoleum chapel at All Saints Cemetery, Newfield, Right: Bishop Joseph Galante, with Deacon Michael Carter, incenses the altar during the liturgy.

Bishop Joseph Galante was the main celebrant of a Mass and dedication of the altar Sept. 15 at the new mausoleum chapel at All Saints Cemetery in Newfield. Concelebrating were Msgr. John H. Burton, vicar general, and Father Robert E. Hughes, chancellor.

During the Mass, the bishop poured chrism, the consecrated oil used for baptism, confirmation and holy orders, on the altar in the form of five crosses, representing the wounds of Christ. He then anointed the entire top of the altar.

The Rite of Dedication also included the incensation of the altar and the church, and vesting the altar. (The altar is cleaned and vested with a white cover, recalling a baptismal garment.) Finally, the candles of the chapel are lit.

An estimated 100 visitors, including those who have relatives entombed at the mausoleum, attended Mass and toured the mausoleum afterward.

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