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Blessing of a new narthex

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass and blessed the new narthex, or church entryway, at St. Lawrence Church in Alexandria June 25.

“(Jesus) says you will always be able to survive the storms of life that we all experience if our faith is built on a solid foundation,” Bishop Burbidge said during the homily. 

“But dear friends, this beautiful narthex, and these doors, will only be the gift they are meant to be if people frequently enter through them,” he said, encouraging the congregation to invite family, friends, parishioners and those who have left the church to pass through the doors and enter the church “to be strengthened and nourished by the Lord, our God — our sure, solid and sound foundation, the one who helps us through the storms of life.”

Following Mass, Bishop Burbidge processed into the narthex and blessed the doors, finishing with a word of congratulations to the parish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020