THREE days of celebration marked the end of Sydney archdiocese’s longest construction project – St Mary’s Cathedral – last weekend.
The completion of the cathedral’s twin spires capped off a project for which plans were drawn up in 1865.
“After undergoing many stages in its development, the cathedral was substantially completed in June with the placing of Celtic crosses on the southern spires,” Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy said.
The three days of celebration began on the Friday with an evening of song and prayer, featuring a 100-voice choir and 20-piece orchestra, and a performance by singer Joan Carden.
Civic and community leaders attended with bishops from around Australia. Brisbane archdiocese was represented by Bishop Michael Putney.
On the night, the spires were illuminated for the first time with a pattern of strategically positioned fibre optic lights.
There was an open day at the cathedral last Saturday, when the people of Sydney were guided through parts of St Mary’s rarely seen before.
At 4pm there was an hour-long recital on the new Le Tourneau organ.
The main celebration was a Mass and blessing of the spires by Cardinal Clancy last Sunday. A commemorative plaque was also unveiled.
The celebrations concluded with a 6pm Mass for young adults.