On 9 November 1871, the doors of the building of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral (picture above by Roger Edwards), then St Mary’s Episcopal Church, were opened for the first time. Today, 9 November 2011, marks the 140th anniversary of that day.
St Mary’s is a people and a purpose and a faith — it is that, I believe, before it is its bricks and its mortar and its material trappings. The building stands as a symbol of that: a well-beloved place that represents generations of memories, holds safe our prayers and rings out with our music, tries to work as a force for good in the world, and sends forth the message that all, all, are welcome.
Thanks, then, to Sir George Gilbert Scott.
To the congregations who went before us.
And to the people who work to keep those doors open today.