In the early months of 2007, after Our Lady of Vilnius was abruptly locked, unbeknownst to most parishioners patrimony was being removed from the church under cover of darkness. Near neighbors noted bulky objects being carried out to waiting trucks at odd times.
On April 29, 2007, the same day that Knights of Lithuania members entered the church and found it torn apart, a parishioner sighted the Our Lady of Vilnius organ bench in Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, a silent harbinger of our church's demise.
Today Archbishop Dolan will celebrate the Mass that inaugurates Old St. Pat's as a basilica as our organ bench bears silent witness. Hear all about it at WPIX.