The entrance procession always begins with the Knights of Columbus serving as the honor guards.
As you can see the church is built very long. It reminded me very much of the architecture of the Immaculate Conception Church in Yuma.
After the entrance procession Bishop Kicanas blessed the people with holy water and then we went into the Liturgy of the Word.
After that was the Rite of Dedication and the Anointing of the Altar which the Bishop explained the ceremony to all of us.
The first step is the Anointing of the Altar with holy Chrism.
Bishop Kicanas pours sacred chrism over the whole altar. The anointing with chrism makes the altar a symbol of Christ, who, before all others, is and is called "The Anointed One". (Notice the altar server holding all those white towels. They will be needed shortly. )
The next step is the incensing of the altar.
The next step is the covering of the altar.
This was done by the people of the parish, who I could tell practiced this several times to perfection.
The covering of the altar indicates that the Christian altar is the altar of the eucharistic sacrifice and the table of the Lord. (Rite of Dedication of an Altar)
After this ceremony, Fr. Ariel was installed as pastor. He renewed his promises as a priest and was then presented to the parish staff and the assembly of people.
After Mass we walked to the first church built for the parish. It was renovated and was now being blessed by the Bishop.
Take a look at the beautiful wooden ceiling of this church built in 1935.
And why not :):):)