A 1912 landmark

I READ with interest about the number of Boston landmarks that began 100 years ago (“Boston’s banner year,’’ Business, Jan. 4), and was disappointed not to see any mention of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, which was dedicated as the diocesan cathedral on Oct. 7, 1912. I would not have the temerity to claim that we are a Boston landmark on the order of Fenway Park or Filene’s, but I think our quieter presence across Boston Common from the State House has had an undeniable significance.

Bishop William Lawrence declared at the dedication that the cathedral would be “a house of prayer for all people,’’ and we have followed that vision for the past 100 years, establishing bread lines during the Depression, serving meals for the homeless since 1984, initiating the first healing services in Massachusetts for people affected by AIDS, and welcoming Muslims for weekly prayers since September 2000. Our Greek Revival building, the first in Boston, doesn’t resemble a typical cathedral or even a church. But if you picture us as a manger with room for all in the heart of downtown Boston, you’ll grasp who we try to be.

The Very Rev. Jep Streit


Dean Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Episcopal Boston