News Item | Boston Musical Intelligencer | 23 August 2019

Holy Cross Cathedral & Organ Mark Restoration Milestones

Twenty-six years ago, Leo Abbott, the organist of Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, gave a benefit recital to raise money for badly needed repairs to the cathedral’s legendary 1875 Hook organ. The organ was big — some claim it to have been the largest American-made organ in the country when it was built — and the maintenance needs were big as well. With few other sources of funding in sight, Abbott made his benefit recital an annual tradition.

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News Item | The Boston Sun | 16 August 2019

Resounding Sound! Cathedral Pipe Organ to ‘Wow’ at September Concert

Towering above the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End is one of the most historic pipe organs in a region dotted with notably historic instruments, and next month, the newly restored organ in the newly restored Cathedral will provide a sound as historic as it will be melodic.

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News Item | Boston Pilot | 2 August 2019

Parisian children’s choir performs at cathedral

The improved acoustics of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross were on display as the cathedral hosted its first concert since renovations were completed this spring with a performance by The Children’s Choir of Greater Paris (le Choeur d’Enfants d’Ile-de-France) July 25.

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News Item | Boston Pilot | 19 April 2019

Cardinal calls priest to ‘friendship with Christ’ at Chrism Mass

Priests, deacons, seminarians, religious, and laypeople gathered at the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross on April 16 for the annual Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass serves as a symbol of unity in dioceses throughout the Catholic world during Holy Week each year, as the local bishop blesses the sacred oils used to administer sacraments for the coming year — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and the sacred chrism.

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News Item | The Boston Globe | 17 April 2019

New fire protection system is up and running at Cathedral of the Holy Cross

In the aftermath of the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, local construction officials said Wednesday that the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston has a fire protection system that includes optical beam smoke detectors and sprinklers in the attic.

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News Item | NECN | 16 April

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley Reflects on Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

The head of the Catholic Church in Boston was devastated like so many others over the images of a fire destroying Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The inferno destroyed the cathedral’s spire and its roof, but its twin bell towers survived. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the centuries-old landmark.

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News Item | The Boston Herald | 15 April 2019

Holy Week reminds us of our core values

Walking into the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End this weekend and seeing the beauty and magnificence of this just-recently completely renovated institution brought back some incredible memories of Boston’s past greatness. I love to arrive at the cathedral early, to look around at the early arrivals, the stained glass windows, and gaze at various statues, but mostly say a prayer of thanks to Jesus for giving me this opportunity to reflect on the feeling of hope and love I always get while in church. I try to imagine what other people are thinking and talking to God about, but also hoping and wishing that other people would soon learn of this special feeling of comfort that you get inside the quiet security of a church.

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News Item | The Boston Globe | 14 April 2019

O’Malley blesses Marathon runners in first Mass at restored Cathedral of the Holy Cross

As families entered the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday morning, some craned their necks to see the newly gleaming ivory columns, the delicate gold accents handpainted onto ornately carved ceiling trusses, the stained glass glowing in tones of emerald, ruby, and lapis lazuli.

“Good morning! Welcome to the cathedral!” greeters called out as the faithful climbed the steps into the historic South End house of worship, some in dresses and blazers, but many in jeans, runners’ leggings, or athletic shorts.

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News Item | The Boston Herald | 14 April 2019

Palm Sunday Mass

Boston’s main Catholic church is reopening for Holy Week following extensive renovations.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Palm Sunday Mass, Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Boston to commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem according to Roman Catholic tradition. O’Malley blessed palms held by congregants at the newly-renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End. At the end of the service, O’Malley invited several dozen Boston Marathon runners, including a priest, onto the steps of the altar for a blessing.

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News Item | WGBH | 14 April 2019

Cathedral Of The Holy Cross Re-Opens For Palm Sunday, Ahead Of Boston Marathon

After two years of extensive renovations, Boston’s largest Catholic church, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, reopened just ahead of Holy Week and the Boston Marathon.

The sanctuary, which seats 2,000, was packed for Palm Sunday Mass. Hundreds of yellow-green palm fronds folded into crosses could be seen clenched in children’s fists and poking out of women’s purses to commemorate Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem.

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News Item | The Boston Herald | 14 April 2019

Catholic cathedral reopens for Holy Week after renovations

Boston’s main Catholic church is reopening for Holy Week following extensive renovations.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley will preside over the first mass at the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, which is known as Palm Sunday. He’ll also give his annual blessing to Boston Marathon runners, staff and volunteers ahead of Monday’s race.

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News Item | WHDH News | 13 April 2019

Cathedral of the Holy Cross set to re-open after 2-year renovation

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is re-opening this weekend following an extensive renovation spanning more than 2 years.

Some of the renovations include new stained-glass windows and a new marble altar.

The upgrades cost a total of $ 26 million.

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