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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 01, 1932, Image 83

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THE great stone walls of the
Washington Cathedral will re
sound for the first time with
glorias and other hymns of
praise when the vested choir of
men and boys raise their voices in sacred
song and anthem on the morning of
Ascension day, May 5. The service,
which will be conducted by the Right
Rev. James E. Freeman, Bishop of
Washington, in the sanctuary and
choir section, will open the main
floor of this great house of prayer,
which, when completed, will be with
out peer of beauty. Services have,
however, been held in the Bethlehem
Chapel in the ci*ypt under the sanctuary
Since 1912.
In this first section of the Cathedral
proper to be opened a seated attendance
of 1,200 will be accommodated in the
choir, with its chapels and east aisle of
the north transcept, where several hun
dred more of the congregation may find
standing room. Then for the first time
worshipers who enter from the west end
of the choir will be inspired by the vista
down 168 feet of graceful high Gothic
arches on both sides of the vaulting
into the sanctuary, the setting of the
Jerusalem Altar and reredos of the W ashington Cathedral.
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high altarIn the arches above the altar
and looking down from the stone walls
of the choir carved angels sing the ever
lasting praise of the “Ter Sanctus.” That
theme of the beautiful white reredos will
be perpetually chanted in symbolism:
“Therefore, with angels and archangels
and with all the company of Heaven,
we laud and magnify Thy glorious name;
evermore praising Thee and saying,
‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory;
glory be to Thee, O Lord Most High.
Amen.’ ”
THE full-sized models of the reredos
now above the high "hltar justifies the
claim that the stone reredos, which will
be put in place later, will be one of the
most magnificent pieces of church carv
ing ever created. In its niches 70 figures
typify the patriarchs and apostles of
Christianity, amid the nine traditional
choirs of angels. Christ, as the reign
ing King, is seated in the center, and
in His worship every character and sym
bol expresses the ecstasy of praise.
This generation, which enjoys the rare
privilege of seeing this typical fourteenth
century pure Gothic Cathedral in the
building, saw the Jerusalem altar conse
crated on Ascension day, 1902. That first
part of the Cathedral to be completed
was necessarily placed in a temporary
setting. Now that it is in position as
the high altar of the Cathedral, thou
sands may worship during the Summer
before this sacred communion table of
stone hewn from the quarries outside
the walls of Jerusalem, from which the
stones were taken for the building of the
temple. As the altar is the very heart
of the Cathedral, it has been placed over
the exact location of the huge granite
foundation stone in the substructure, in
which are embedded stones from the
field of Bethlehem, where the shepherds
were watching their flocks by night when
the angels announced the birth of the
Washingtonians, who are beginning to
use terms which they formerly associated
with Old World architecture and art,
have learned that “bosses” are the
carved keystones in the middle of ribbed
arched sections of the vaulted roofing
(stone ceiling). As there will be more
than 1,000 bosses in the Cathedral, and
each of these rosettelike stones will be
a symbol, the Cathedral visitor is in
terested in their meanings. The 24 main
bosses in the roofing of the nave repre
sent the affirmations of the creed. Those
in the roofing over the high altar, sym
bolizing “I believe in the life of the
world to come,” show a main boss pic
turing the gates of the heavenly city,
with the angels welcoming the redeemed.
In the 15 subordinate keystones grouped
about this stone picture the host which
will meet in the life of the world to come
is represented. In picturizing these peo
ple all nations and races are shown, in
cluding the African, Eskimo, American
Indian, Chinese, Jew, Hindu, Ethiopian,
Arab, Teuton and Russian.
Bosses in the north choir aisle have
been planned to portray the sacraments.
Baptism shows a clergyman baptizing

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