A Time to Build

Blow Gabriel, Blow


Our antique hand-carved angel has finally assumed its place above our main entry doors ready to call us to worship and guard our comings and goings. The angel and belvedere will be illuminated at night. 

Recall that we rescued c. 1850 angel from the Netherlands. It looks to be carved of wood from the Black Forest. We had the trumpet gilded with gold leaf. 

Welcome to your new home at Holy Cross!


Angel Ready To Fly


Preparations to be certain the angel is "on the level." It and "on the beam" are interesting expressions. When my father was in radioman's school during WWII, his letters home were peppered with "on the beam," which I always assumed had something to do with either a balance beam or a construction beam. It's neither - the expression comes from an aircraft homing in on a radio navigation beam, akin to someone being "on the right track." 

I didn't hear him use "on the beam" much when I was a kid, but he used "on the level" all the time."On the level" isn't really related, but means honest or straightforward. One can imagine Jesus saying of Nathaniel, "He's on the level." So was my father.


Instant Grass!


It was a real pleasure to watch the spraying of the green on the topsoil around the church and rectory yesterday. It continued even during the lightest part of the rain.

It's not quite finished in the front of the church garden and plaza and I'm not sure what impact the coming of three days of forecasted rain will have on the timeline.

Grass seed was both spread on the ground prior to the spraying and was also included in spray mix.


Rite of Dedication of a New Church

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The Rite of Dedication Bishop of O'Connell will pray mirrors the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion.

  • The building will be opened and formally presented to the bishop as head of the local church. The architect's plans, a model of the church building and the keys to the church are the items which will be given to the bishop by representatives of McCrery Architects, "A Time to Build" Capital Campaign and our Parish Finance Council. The building will not be decorated or illuminated with candles and will have no holy water in the stoups or baptismal font.
  • The church, the building and the people, will be sprinkled with holy water blessed by the bishop. Be prepared...there will be several ministers to sprinkle everything!
  • The new marble altar will then be anointed with Sacred Chrism as will four walls of the church near the consecration candles in the transept.
  • Mass will proceed in the usual manner and the worship space will be gradually lit and dressed for liturgy.
  • After reception of Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle and the sanctuary lamps will be lit (probably later because they are so high!)

I think praying the liturgy with this general framework in mind will add not only to our understanding of the liturgy, but also to its JOY.

 P.S. How could I forget?? Incense, lots of incense...the whole church: people and building!

Bells Will Ring Tomorrow!

Tomorrow the bell master will visit to install our old electronic bell system and also to test the installation to the original Holy Cross Steeple Bell. This should allow us to chime our original bell for special occasions!

It will be great to hear the bells of Holy Cross again after so long a period of silence. 

They won't be rung again until the dedication!