Friday, May 22, 2015
Christ Cathedral acquires prestigious tabernacle
The following comes from a May 12 Orange County Register article by Chris Haire:
A 9-foot-tall bronze tabernacle designed by a renowned German sculptor will eventually reside in the Christ Cathedral, once renovations are completed in late 2016.
For now, it is on exhibit in the Cultural Center on the 34-acre campus.
This tabernacle, boasting four large panels each depicting with enamel paint a scene from Jesus Christ’s life, was completed by Egino Weinert in West Germany in the 1970s.
“His images are readily accessible,” said Monseigneur Arthur Holquin, the Orange County diocese’s episcopal vicar for divine worship. “This tabernacle is a visual example of new evangelism.”
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which purchased the late Rev. Robert H. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral in 2012, bought the tabernacle, the bronze pillar it stands on, and two accompanying candelabras for an undisclosed amount.
Holy Family Cathedral in Orange and St. Vincent De Paul in Huntington Beach also have Weinert tabernacles.
“This one is much larger,” said Holquin, who followed Weinert’s career for years and collects the artist’s small, affordable bronze crosses. “And none that I’ve seen has the bronze pedestal.”
The five-sided pedestal has engravings that tell the major stories of the Gospels, from Jesus’ birth to his death and resurrection.
On Tuesday, the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, the bishop for Orange County, blessed the tabernacle.
“This shows how the body of Christ gave birth to art,” Vann said, adding the diocese is proud to take possession of “the work of an artist of international acclaim.”
The Weinert sculpture will sit inside a glass case in an exhibit describing the campus renovations until the cathedral is ready to open. That museum exhibit is open to the public, Monday through Saturday.