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St Elizabeth Altar - St Patricks Cathedral - New York | by anadelmann
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St Elizabeth Altar - St Patricks Cathedral - New York

Lord God,


You blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers may we learn to express our love for You in love for one another. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.




This is the prayer I found in front of the St. Elizabeth altar in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The altar honors Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint and was designed by Paolo Medici of Rome (A Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has been created at her home in Manhattan).


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Additional information:

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Built in a Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century, St. Patrick's is the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States (the Episcopalian Cathedral of St. John the Divine , also in New York, is larger). Over three million people visit St. Patrick's Cathedral each year.

Designed by American architect James Renwick, St. Patrick's Cathedral was begun in 1859 to replace an earlier cathedral. The cathedral's predecessor, known as "Old St. Patrick's," is still used as a parish church and is the oldest Catholic building in the city.

After interruptions due to the Civil War, the new cathedral was consecrated in 1879. Additions continued over the years, including the archbishop's house and rectory, the two 330-foot spires (1888), and the intimate Lady Chapel (1901).

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Taken on August 21, 2009