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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new bishop will be consecrated at the Washington National Cathedral — the first event at the cathedral since it was damaged by an earthquake in August.

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The consecration of the Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde (BUHD-ee) as the ninth Episcopal Bishop of Washington will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Budde will be the first woman to serve in that role. The ceremony is not open to the public.

On Sunday, the cathedral will open its doors for its first public worship service since the 5.8-magnitude quake, which caused stonework to fall off its towers and cracks to form in parts of the building. Repairs are expected to take years and cost at least $15 million.

The cathedral will continue to celebrate the reopening with events throughout next week.

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