On Sunday, January 20, 2019, the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Christ Church Cathedral began the main Celebration of the Eucharist with a blessing and dedication of a new plaque.
The beautifully crafted plaque which bears God’s words from Isaiah 43:1 “I have called you by name and you are mine” actually consists of 12 individual plaques and is located on the west transept wall of the Cathedral’s nave near the exit door that leads to the plaza overlooking the intersection of West Georgia and Burrard Streets in downtown Vancouver. Located on the northwest perimeter of the plaza is the Cathedral’s Memorial Garden which contains the interred ashes of more than 70 people. Seven of the plaques and inscriptions in metal are permanent and the others are vinyl and will bear script in gold paint. When a vinyl plaque is filled with 10 names and dates, the metal inscribed version will be created and replace the temporary plaque.
Cathedral administration had contacted loved ones and next of kin well in advance of the January 20 dedication and invited them to attend. Although many of that group are current Cathedral parishioners there was also a cohort of folks who don’t regularly attend worship at the Cathedral who gathered for the dedication and blessing.