It was a moment of immense joy for the Diocese and of great grace, the blessings of which continue to be felt by those who visit this beautiful edifice built to the glory of the God under the patronage of Our Lady.
Today, then, ranks as a solemnity for the cathedral church and as a feast throughout the rest of the local Church. Naturally, here in Rome it is neither, but still I raise a prayer to God remembering this day:
O God, who were pleased to call your Church the Bride,O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us!
grant that the people that serves your name
may revere you, love you and follow you,
and may be led by you
to attain your promises in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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