A reader recently submitted the following question:
I am a member of a small Catholic intentional community. In about a month, we will be moving from our current home to a larger, former convent building. This new building contains a small chapel which we will use for our daily celebrations of the Liturgy of the Hours and a regular weekday Mass. We are looking for resources or ideas on how to ritually mark this transition of praying as a community in a new space. The rite of dedication would not be appropriate, as we know that this was done shortly after the building was constructed. After the sisters departed, the building sat empty for a few years, so it feels appropriate to “inaugurate” the space in some way. Does anyone have any resources or ideas they would like to share?
As our religious communities (parishes, religious houses, seminaries etc.) continue to close and are subsequently re-purposed, liturgies marking a change in their usage will increasingly be needed.