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Archdiocese closes Bicentennial Year


More than 2,000 worshippers filled the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Nov. 23 for the Mass to mark the conclusion of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Bicentennial commemorations. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- More than 2,000 congregants packed the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross Nov. 23 to attend the Mass to mark the closing of the archdiocese’s bicentennial year celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley.

“We have been blessed as a Church during this Bicentennial Year. Our people, clergy, religious, deacons, parishes, schools, and ministries have all joined together in the presence of our Lord to celebrate our faith as one Catholic community,” the cardinal.

“From every corner of our Archdiocese, we have prayed and worshiped together reflecting on our rich history and with great joy for the future of our local Church,” he said.

To commemorate the Bicentennial Year, the cardinal blessed a plaque to be installed in the cathedral as a perpetual memento of the historic occasion.

The Archdiocese of Boston, along with the Archdioceses of Philadelphia, New York and Louisville, Ky., was created in 1808 from the territory belonging to the Diocese of Baltimore, which at the time encompassed the entire United States.

The celebrations of the archdiocese’s bicentennial have followed the liturgical year. They began with an opening Mass Dec. 2, 2007, the first Sunday in Advent, and concluded with the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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