Across this weekend, the Cathedral precinct is proud to participate in Brisbane Open House. The “Open House” concept is a worldwide movement which celebrates excellence in design in our urban centres. Open House also includes regional centres in Queensland, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Cairns. Our cathedral and chapel are not only centres of worship, as central as that may be to their existence, but they also contribute to the city landscape and the architectural heritage of Brisbane. Often, cathedrals were the most daring and splendid engineering features of growing urban centres, and that is certainly true of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Chapel.
We rightly treasure both buildings, and this weekend, we celebrate the gift that these sites are to the broader community. Of course, both buildings sit within the Cathedral precinct which
itself offers an extraordinary green space (particularly when it is not so dry) and peaceful thoroughfare to hundreds of people each day. This, of itself, makes a statement that we both belong to and serve the wider community.
On behalf of the Cathedral parish, I thank the small but faithful group who have worked to enable our participation in this weekend’s Open House project. I also acknowledge and thank the many volunteers who have given their time across this weekend. And to those who are visiting us, we say “Welcome” and we hope that you enjoy the skill, workmanship, creativity and sacredness of this city space. We hope that it lifts your spirit in the same way that it lifts ours.
The gospel this Sunday reminds us that it is important to recognise the Giver in the midst of the gift. As we glory in our architectural heritage, let us give thanks to God, the Giver. Fr. Anthony