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By Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia, July 17, 2019
CHRIST CATHEDRAL, ORANGE COUNTY – “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.”
For a quarter-century, that verse of the Psalmist was Dr Robert Schuller’s sign-on from this crystal sanctuary as he began his Sunday broadcasts across the globe… and now, it’s fitting to return to it on this day, as one of American Christianity’s most prominent and cherished venues begins its second incarnation as a Catholic church and the seat of this 1.5 million-member diocese, now one of the US’ ten largest.
Beginning with a 10am local pre-show, here’s the livefeed:
The most complex ecclesial rite of all, the Dedication Mass is expected to run approximately three hours.
While today’s grand opening marks the fifth launch of a Stateside cathedral since 2008, you’d have to go back even further to find one as significant as this: to September 2, 2002, when the debut of Los Angeles’ $190 million, 5,000-seat Our Lady of the Angels altered the Downtown landscape of the nation’s Western hub, likewise signaling the culmination of the LA church’s rapid emergence as the largest fold American Catholicism has ever known.
On another context note, only after this date was set in 2017 did the locals realize a “magical” confluence of events – as it happens, today marks the 64th anniversary of the opening of the even better-known shrine down the street: Disneyland.
Ergo, it’s doubly meaningful that – as with the respective cathedral anniversary of each local church – every July 17th in Orange will be marked as a proper feast, with the texts of the Dedication Mass employed that day across the diocese.. ….