in new rite NEW rite of Consecra tion is being used by Archbishop Murphy in St. Patrick's, Granectown, Cardiff. when he performs the ceremony today after a f10,(00 renovation of the church.
A spokesman for the
Archdiocesan Information Office said this week that the rite, to be used for the first time in this country, "attempts to emphasise the existence of a living Christian community rather than the building.
"However, the ceremony still retains the exciting rituals of pouring oil over the altar and the burning of incense on it, and the sealing into the altar of two relics (pieces of bone) of canonised saints of the Church."
Mr. George Thomas, Secretary for Wales, and Mr. James Callaghan, Labour M.P. for South-East Cardiff, will attend the ceremony, as well as the Bishop of Llandaff (Church in Wales). a number of Anglican clergy, and the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Aid. H. Furguson Jones.
Archbishop Murphy will be assisted at the ceremony by Bishop Mullins and the parish priest of_ St. Patrick's, Fr, Cornelius P. Reidy.
The foundation stone of the present church was laid on March 17, 1929 (St. Patrick's Day) and it was opened on March 17, 1930. It replaced an older building in Durham Street, where the first baptismal entry was in November 1882.