Newly dedicated Christ Cathedral opened its doors in welcome to thousands of visitors in the weekend following its dedication, eliciting praise and prompting hundreds of photographs inside and outside the building. 

“The opening weekend for Christ Cathedral was a powerful and inspiring experience,” says the Very Reverend Christopher Smith, rector and episcopal vicar. “The cathedral was completely full for eight out of our 10 Masses, and very full for the others.It was so wonderful to see the people’s participation, feel their excitement and hear their many comments about the beauty of cathedral and how grateful they are to be able to celebrate Mass at this holy place.” 

Weekend worship kicked off with a tri-lingual Mass in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese held at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, where Fr. Smith led six other concelebrants of the Mass in welcoming worshippers to “our new house.” 

“More than the physical characteristics have been changed,” he explains. “In a unique way we serve not only each other but also become the seat of the Church, serving all the other parishes in Orange County.” 

Gifts and flowers, including leis for each of the celebrants, were presented at the altar by members of the cathedral’s Samoan community. The procession featured Tonya Parker-Talavou, 19, of Huntington Beach, who wore a new taupou, a ceremonial costume reserved for special occasions, with an elaborate tuiga headdress of feathers and seashells.

The cathedral’s Chinese community presented a traditional lion dance following the Mass. 

Davin Alcordo, who recently graduated from high school in the Philippines, joined his father Dexter and grandmother Maria Theresa for the Mass and was struck by the openness of the cathedral campus. “It’s a very beautiful and very different place,” Maria Theresa says. 

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