In a re-dedication ceremony for the chapel at Pratt Regional Medical Center, Chaplain Ron Moser quoted an Old Testament verse from the book of Ezra:
“Let the house be rebuilt,” an injunction from King Cyrus regarding the house of God at Jerusalem. The king continued with specifications — 60 cubits (90 feet) high and 60 cubits wide.
The hospital chapel is much smaller but has been rebuilt as part of the renovation process. The furnishings, including statuary depicting the stations of the cross and the risen Christ, hand-made in Italy using one-of-a-kind molds and a carved wooden door were secured by Fr. John Vesecky, hospital chaplain in 1978, and moved from the original chapel. Also moved were pews, an altar and pulpit and a stained glass window.
Moser researched the value of the items and estimated their earthly value at around $150,000 in today’s market.
We have no idea of the spiritual value and emotional value of a chapel in a hospital, he said, describing it as a place where people can shed tears, sing songs of joy, lay their burdens down and find peace and joy.
The chapel is available to patients, families and staff members. Often at shift-change, Moser will see staff members there, and prayer requests are left on a daily basis. Special chapel services are held at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and on other occasions during the year.
When the remodeling is complete, the chapel will be near the emergency room waiting area, and he expects that it will receive more use.
As part of the re-dedication ceremony, Moser anointed the chapel and its furnishings, citing Leviticus 8:10: “Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them.” (English Standard Version)
To find the chapel, pass the reception area at the main entrance, and turn left at the first hallway — or ask a helpful volunteer for directions.