Confirmation at the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo Ohio

We drove through the snow to the magnificent Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo for my son’s confirmation. The eighth-grade class from Keith’s school–St. Paul’s in Norwalk–along with several other schools were confirmed together in solemn ceremony.  The Toledo archdiocese is currently without a bishop but the presiding priests performed ably.

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo Ohio, 3/8/2014

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Toledo Ohio, 3/8/2014

I had never been to the cathedral before and I was pleasantly surprised at its grandeur and beauty. Perhaps the accompanying photo captures something of that.

The cathedral, finished in 1931, is handsomely covered with art that intentionally echoes an older time–a mix of Renaissance and pre-renaissance influences. I examined it as much as I could given the occasion. This type of church art–there is a lot of it in the U.S.–goes largely unremarked these days.

The ceremony and surroundings made for a memorable day.

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