Its gold frame alone will take months to finish

Christ Cathedral’s new mosaic

“Composed of more than 55,000 tiles.” (Photo courtesy of Bill and Helen Close, OC Catholic)

 

The following comes from a Jan. 8 story by Orange County Catholic.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Diocese of Orange’s patroness, so it’s no surprise that she will be honored when Christ Cathedral is dedicated July 17, 2019. A brilliant mosaic will be located on the Cathedral’s south interior wall.

“Viewed from behind the altar, it will be located on the far back wall,” says Diocese parishioner Bill Close, who, with his wife, Helen, funded the work. 

When it’s completed, Christ Cathedral’s Our Lady of Guadalupe mosaic will measure ten feet by seven feet, Close says. “It’s very large, a lot larger than most… The Diocese’s mosaic will be roughly the same height as the Cathedral’s south wall.” 

Depicting a traditional image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the mosaic will be composed of more than 55,000 tiles of gold and smalti tile (opaque glass). 

“It will be far more colorful than most,” Close says. “With the right lighting or direct sunlight, it will be extraordinary. The gold rays [emanating from Our Lady] will really light up.” 

In order to be ready for Christ Cathedral’s July dedication, artisans from Italy are currently working on the piece. Its gold frame alone will take three to four months to finish. 

A 22-by-20-inch crown, made of gold leaf rather than mosaic, will adorn Our Lady’s head. Close explains, “It will be placed on a temporary basis for devotional purposes and for feast days.”

Comments

  1. This does seem to be a very beautiful and close image to the original, and Our Lady of Guadalupe IS the patroness of the unborn, but we do need a wall along the border to keep out the drugs and human trafficking, and for security, Perhaps the Catholic church along the Guadalupe can be saved, and somehow become neutral territory. What we DO NOT need is another Alamo with brother against brother once again. Enough blood has been spilled in this country already. Pax tecum.

  2. Why would a fence on the Canadian border be a good idea? Probably not too much activity on the Alaska-Yukon line.

    • You would be surprised at all the activity going on at the Canadian border. Just keeping Justin Timberlake and President Trudeau, with his silly anti Jesus tee shirts, out would be worth it. And just think, when people threaten to run off to Canada, and they do, we do not have to let them back in.

      In all seriousness, though, there are some drugs and terrorists coming in across that border too.

    • Mike m, there are drugs and some terrorists and other criminals coming across the northern border, I assume they are catching most of them. The president needs to listen to the border patrol as to what is happening and who is coming in, but often the politicians do not want us to know the truth for their own purposes. By the way, there are native American Indian and Hispanic border agents too. Some of them have verified that terrorists and other criminals are coming into this country.

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