Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

Article | December 5, 2016

Looking Back and Looking Forward — World AIDS Day 2016

Blog|The Rev. Canon Mark Stanger

Grace Cathedral marked the 18th World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, with a midday service of the Holy Eucharist, celebrated in the cathedral’s unique AIDS Memorial Interfaith Chapel.  

The focus of the Chapel is a bronze and white-gold triptych altarpiece entitled The Life of Christ, the last work of Keith Haring completed just weeks before his own death from AIDS. Worshippers and four of the cathedral’s clergy gathered near a hanging section of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the cathedral’s Book of Remembrance which honors over 500 persons of the cathedral community who have died of AIDS-related causes.  Keith Haring’s stunning altarpiece triptych artwork, a sermon by the Rev. Stephen Beal and the special prayers for the service emphasized our Christian hope, and highlighted:

We are proud to have been at the forefront of embracing this community in the 1980s and honored to continue to be an ally to all affected by AIDS. 

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