July 21, 2014

MCLENNAN – Thanks to a parishioner whose hunch, based on observations and calculations, proved true, several members and friends of the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Baptist in McLennan witnessed an occurrence they will never forget.

The McLennan cathedral has been constructed in a manner which takes full advantage of the morning sunrise at the annual summer solstice.

A huge vaulted window is in the wall above the entrance to the cathedral, and in the centre of this window is a large glass cross, running from top to bottom and from side to side.

On emerging over the horizon on the day of the solstice, the sun strikes this window straight on.

The window seems to act as a convex lens to concentrate the morning light and focus it across the entire length of the cathedral in an intense blaze of glory that lands directly on the beautiful life-size statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus installed in an arched niche straight above the crucifix and the tabernacle built into the marble high altar against the far wall.

The transition from the dim greys of pre-dawn to the eruption of light focused on Jesus alone is breathtaking to behold. The message is unmistakable: The light of God, entering by way of the cross, illuminates Jesus in his full glory.

Many questions remain. It is hard to believe that all these factors converged without prior planning, but thus far the only evidence of such planning is indirect. Architectural features both inside and outside the cathedral can be interpreted to be highlighting it.

A website has been set up to provide interested parties with details – www.mcsolst.com.

More research into documents dating from the time of the cathedral's construction (1945-47) needs to be done.

If the phenomenon is accidental, it is in some way more amazing, perhaps even an act of Providence provided by the Creator himself to proclaim Jesus as the world's true light for the darkness of our times.