I had the honor of attending a wedding at the beautiful and historic San Fernando Cathedral over this past weekend. What made the wedding even more special was that my younger brother was the groom! My family has deep roots in San Antonio with my great great grandparents having been married in the same Cathedral in 1891.
Located in San Antonio’s Main Plaza, San Fernando is hailed as Texas’ oldest cathedral. Despite my frequent downtown visits, I have never ventured inside the Cathedral until the wedding rehearsal.
Opening the large wooden doors of this 18th century, Gothic structure, my mind immediately thought of all the masses, baptisms, weddings and funerals held over the years. In researching the Cathedral’s background, I have even read there are the remains of the Alamo defenders buried under the sanctuary railing. San Fernando exudes wonderful history!
During my brother’s wedding ceremony, the grand organ on the upper balcony filled the room with harmonious notes. The Cathedral’s high ceilings are breathtaking and the stained glass windows throughout allow the sun to brighten the room.
The walls are lined with prayer candles from both, the very active parishioners and tourists that come to visit. My brother and his new bride had married in one of the prettiest churches I had ever been to.
San Fernando Cathedral is nowhere near the size of Notre-Dame de Paris or St. Peter’s Basilica but it still has its own distinct beauty that is quintessential of Texas. Whether you are a tourist or a local, San Fernando Cathedral is worth the visit.
Thank you to the bride and groom, Carlos and Mari, for the opportunity to finally visit one of San Antonio’s treasures.
Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness
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