National Cathedral offering concert tonight for Feast of All Souls
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington National Cathedral is open again, and a number of events are being held at the earthquake-damaged building.
On Monday, a cathedral organist will demonstrate its pipe organ, which has more than 10,000 pipes. The cathedral will also offer a requiem concert Monday evening for the Feast of All Souls.
Also scheduled this week are an interfaith prayer day and an interfaith concert.
The cathedral reopened Sunday to the public. It had been closed since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 23, which caused stonework to fall from the building's towers and other damage. Repairs are expected to take years and cost at least $15 million.
Sunday's services followed the consecration of a new bishop on Saturday, the first event at the cathedral since the quake. The Washington Post reported that more than 2,000 worshippers gathered to hear the service by the Rev. Dr. Mariann Edgar Budde.
Signs of the earthquake's damage were apparent with black netting strung over the worshippers' heads to guard against falling stone chips.
The weekend ceremonies kicked off a week of events to celebrate the reopening of the cathedral which is structurally sound but suffered damage to the cone-shaped pinnacles of its soaring central tower as well as other areas.