BY MARK GREAVES
ST ANDREW’S Catholic Cathedral in Glasgow is to re-open in Lent after a £4 million renovation job, it was announced last week.
The cathedral, which closed to the public a year and a half ago, will be consecrated on Saturday, April 10, in time for the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.
It will have several striking additions, including a new floor, a newly painted ceiling, a new altar, and a garden the size of the cathedral building itself.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said it was “the most dramatic enrichment” of the cathedral in its 200-year history.
The centrepiece of the renovation will be a painting of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie by the celebrated artist Peter Howson.
St John Ogilvie was executed in 1615 only 800 yards from where the cathedral stands today. He is Scotland’s only post-medieval saint. The painting will be hung in the Blessed Sacrament chapel.