Archdiocesan Marriage Day June 6 celebrates the sacrament

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Saturday, June 6, will be a special day for the sacrament of marriage in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Couples celebrating 25 and 50 years of wedded life during 2015 will be honored in a special way at 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul that day with Archbishop John Nienstedt presiding.

The annual Archdiocesan Marriage Day Celebration will continue with a reception immediately following at which families and friends are welcome. The event is free of charge.

June 6 is also opening day of a special centennial exhibit, “100 Years of Marriage at the Cathedral of St. Paul.”

The exhibit is billed as a walk through history as seen through 138 wedding photographs, from the first wedding in the “new” Cathedral on April 14, 1915, to a wedding April 25, 2015.

Couples who were married at the cathedral and their descendants were invited to share the wedding photos, which will be displayed time-line style along with a few wedding dresses from different time periods.

Celeste Raspanti, the cathedral archivist who is chair of the parish’s centennial committee, has been collecting items for months for the exhibit, which will be on display in the cathedral’s lower level.

“The word ‘honor’ is used so often by the people who sent in photos of their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents,” Raspanti said. “People are so happy to honor their loved ones by having their wedding photos as part of this exhibit.”

Some photos are identified in the exhibit simply with names and dates, but others have a story that goes along with the pictures, and visitors will be able to read about some interesting wedding-day experiences. The photos and the stories not only portray the history of the past century, Raspanti said, but also of the value people placed on both the sacrament and the church in which they received it.

The exhibit, she said, is “making a statement about what we believe about the sacrament of marriage as the coming together of a man and a woman and the founding of families.”

After June 6, visitors will be able to view the exhibit Monday through Friday, noon to
3 p.m.; on Sundays after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses, and at other times by appointment through December by calling (651) 228-1766.

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