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Christ our light shines in the darkness,
a darkness that could not overcome it!
Madison firefighters reverently retrieve the ciborium containing the Blessed Sacrament inside the smoldering ruins of St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison, so that Msgr. Paul Swain, cathedral rector, might secure it in a neighboring parish. (Photo by Bernadette Galvez)
Holy Week schedule
MADISON -- All in the Diocese of Madison are welcome to celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week usually celebrated at St. Raphael Cathedral.
Because of the fire, they will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church, located at 120 W. Johnson St. in Madison.
Holy Redeemer Church is wheelchair accessible and there are assistive-listening headsets for those who are hard of hearing available from the greeters.
Some of the liturgical items will come from the cathedral.
Holy Thursday, March 24, Mass of the
Lord's Supper, 5:30 p.m., Bishop Robert C. Morlino, principal celebrant. Music provided by the Cathedral Choir.
Good Friday, March 25, Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 3 p.m., Bishop Robert C. Morlino, principal celebrant. Cathedral Choir will provide music for the liturgy with the Holy Redeemer Choir singing a selection from the St. Matthew Passion during the veneration of the cross.
The cross that will be venerated on Good Friday is the crucifix which hung behind the cathedra at St. Raphael Cathedral. It was recovered from the rubble by firefighters and given to Msgr. Paul Swain, cathedral rector. The cross is undamaged and the figure of Christ has one arm broken off.
Holy Saturday, March 26, the Easter Vigil Eucharist, 8 p.m., Bishop Robert C. Morlino, principal celebrant. Music provided by the Cathedral Choir, brass, and timpani.
Easter Sunday, March 27, 9:30 a.m., Msgr. Paul J. Swain, St. Raphael Cathedral rector, celebrant. Music provided by the Holy Redeemer Choir.
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Result of arson
MADISON -- The March 14 fire at St. Raphael Cathedral was the result of arson.
That was what the Madison Fire Department's joint Fire/Police Investigation Team, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms, and Explosives and the Division of Criminal Investigation Arson Bureau has determined, according to Fire Chief Debra Amesqua at a press conference March 18.
Police apprehended a suspect in the arson: a 41-year-old Lodi man, William J. Connell. He faced charges of arson, burglary, and bail jumping at an initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court March 18. Full story ...
Prayer commemorating the loss of St. Raphael Cathedral
O God, whose word is like a fire,
who spoke to your servant Moses in the burning bush
and who led your people Israel out of bondage
with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night:
hear your people as we call upon you
both in gratitude and sorrow.
We thank you for the safety of the Cathedral staff and parishioners,
for those who fought the fire
and for all who live and work in nearby buildings.
May this fire purify your Church in the Diocese of Madison
so that our hearts may burn with the knowledge
that your Church is built upon the bedrock
of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the intercession of Saint Raphael,
your messenger of healing,
may we find comfort in our affliction
and the courage to continue proclaiming
the Good News of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Future of cathedral:
To be determined
MADISON -- Now that the investigation of the cause of the fire at St. Raphael Cathedral has been completed, cleanup of the cathedral structure can occur, Msgr. Paul Swain said at a press conference March 18.
In addition to the Blessed Sacrament, some sacred items have been recovered. These include the processional cross, pictures, paintings, and the eighth Station of the Cross. Some of the other Stations of the Cross remain on the walls. The crucifix from the front of the church also was recovered in two pieces, and the arm of Jesus was broken off. Vestments and chalices were stored in the sacristy, which was not damaged. The silver statue of Mary still has not been discovered. Stained glass windows are still up, although one on one side was damaged, said Monsignor Swain. Full story ...