Welcome from the Dean
Greetings in the Name of Christ,
I am happy to welcome you to the web site of The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the Apostle. The congregation of Saint Paul's is almost as old as the city of Springfield itself. Having been established in 1835 by Bishop Philander Chase, Saint Paul's has been intimately linked with the history of Springfield, Illinois, and these United States of America.
For 181 years, Saint Paul's has proclaimed the enduring love of Jesus Christ. This church has stood as a witness to the hope given us by the Gospel through wars, depressions, recessions, dramatic cultural changes, and other upheavals. We are a testament to the hope and transforming power of the Risen Christ.
The center of our Christian life is found in the Eucharist, when Christ becomes truly present in the Bread and Wine. As we partake of Jesus' Body and Blood we are changed to be more like Him and are empowered to go into the world proclaiming the Gospel of peace and reconciliation. This Eucharist is celebrated during a service which we refer to as Mass and it is so central to who we are as Christians that we celebrate it every Tuesday through Friday and twice on Sundays.
We are a cathedral which means that we are honored to be the official Seat of the Bishop of Springfield and are therefore considered to be the Mother Church of the Diocese of Springfield.
We are Episcopalians which means that we are a part of The Episcopal Church, a Christian denomination which spans the United States, parts of Europe, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Venzuela, and Taiwan.
We are Anglicans which means that we trace our spiritual heritage to the Church of England and are a part of the Anglican Communion, a gathering of 38 autonomous churches in over 160 countries who exist communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, our font of unity.
Most importantly, we are Christians. We are 21st Century disciples of Jesus Christ, God made Man. It is by His life, death, and resurrection that we are forgiven of our sins and given the opportunity to tell others about the hope and unconditional love found in Him.
I invite you to look around our corner of the Internet to gain a better understanding of who we are and what we believe. I welcome your questions and concerns which can be directed to me through one of the many ways on our Contact Us page. I also invite you to join us at Saint Paul's and journey with us as we seek God's Kingdom and the eternal hope offered to us through Jesus Christ.
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~Father Andy Hook+
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