The clouds parted after the rains and the sun broke through, setting the stage for a spectacular dusk for the more than 500 guests assembled outside Christ Cathedral on Saturday, Oct. 13.
As if on cue, a rainbow appeared just as the Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, joined the pianist to play three tunes: “Getting to Know You,” “California, Here I Come” and, of course, “Over the Rainbow.”
Light into darkness, and darkness into light, were the perfect themes for the “First Lighting & Blessing of the Quatrefoils,” a key milestone in the $77 million renovation of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove that began June 1, 2017.
Christ Cathedral, purchased by the diocese in 2012 for $57.5 million, twinkled at dusk like the Milky Way when the switch was flipped to turn on the lights behind the quatrefoils – aluminum, triangular-shaped structures that improve the acoustics and temperature control in the interior of the cathedral.
More than 11,000 quatrefoils — none are believed to exist on any other building in the world, Church officials say – are fixed to the steel skeleton of the cathedral.
The triangles on each panel remain open to varying degrees (between 15 and 45) to let in light based on how the sun passes over the cathedral, the very Rev. Christopher Smith, rector and episcopal vicar at Christ Cathedral, said.
“Not only do they help with the acoustics and interior temperature,” Smith said, “but they’re also aesthetically beautiful.”
A handful of blessing ceremonies have been held during the transformation of the former Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral. But the Oct. 13 event marked the first time that select members of the public – those who donated a minimum of $10,000 to the successful For Christ Forever Campaign, which is supporting the extensive remodeling of the church, got a sneak peek inside to see the progress.
And it served as a chance for Bishop Vann to announce he’s making a second personal pledge toward the remaining $5 million needed to complete the For Christ Forever campaign.
Dedicated is scheduled for July 17, 2019.
Full story at OC Catholic.