Knoxville's new Sacred Heart Cathedral opens to public

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The first event was held Friday inside East Tennessee's new Catholic cathedral. The ancient architectural and new design elements create a new space for worship. 

"The cathedral church is supposed to be a civic entity as well. It has a place of duty to be a place of prayer for people in this community." said David Boettner, Victor General and Rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

Hundreds gathered for the first event, sharing awe and excitement ahead of the dedication. 

The details within the church's design highlight stories of religion and symbols of Christ, even in something as simple as the number of marble circles along the floor. 

"There's seven of them, seven sacraments of the church, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Wherever we had the chance to do a certain number of things, we didn't just do them because - we did them to be meaningful." said James Mcrery, principal architect. 

The event kicks off a week of masses, including a Vigil Mass open to the public at 5 p.m. on Saturday. 


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