The Diocese of Tarazona (Spain) experienced a particularly exciting Sunday due to the reopening of the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor in Calatayud, after twelve years closed for works.
At the Eucharist, presided over by the Bishop of Tarazona, Msgr. Eusebio Hernández Sola, the current Bishop of Córdoba, Msgr. Demetrio Fernández, who governed the Spanish diocese when the rehabilitation works of the temple began, was also present.
Together with them, the abbot of the temple, Fr. Jesús Vicente Bueno, and several diocesan priests concelebrated.
Hundreds of people packed the temple and many others were able to participate in the Eucharist at its doors thanks to a giant screen installed for those who could not access the interior.
In his homily, the Bishop of Tarazona thanked God for “having allowed us to carry out this work that has required effort and dedication” and pointed out the “great joy and happiness” for the entire Church in the diocese, but especially for Calatayud .
Monsignor Hernández Sola recalled the grandeur and beauty of the temple, which is a World Heritage Site, stressing that “it invites us to raise our gaze and soul upwards, towards God.”
“I am sure that this collegiate church will help us rediscover our Christian roots, our vocation and mission in the world,” he said.
The Bishop of Tarazona also had words of thanks for the institutions that made it possible for the Collegiate Church to reopen its doors: the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Provincial Council, the town hall, the bishopric and “individuals who have worked so that today we could collect this wonderful gift”.
On the other hand, the Bishop of Córdoba, Msgr. Demetrio Fernandez, was also able to express his joy to those present before the Eucharist ended: “I join in the joy of the Bishop of Tarazona, the abbot of the Collegiate Church and all the people from Bilbilita because thank you God has been able to complete this great work. When we all go together, many things can be done”.