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Fremont, CA – After 3 years of trying to find someone who could make a durable metal cross for their temple, St. Christina of Tyre Mission was able to install an Orthodox-style cross made of pure aluminum at the end of this past August.

The cross was water-cut by a local metal fabricator and then coated with a special gold surface which is used on high-rise buildings with a 20-year warrantee. The cross was blessed by His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin during his archpastoral visit for our patronal feast day and then installed at the end of August. According to Fr. Michael Anderson, rector of the mission, “We were blessed to have the help of a wonderful Ethiopian Orthodox carpenter who created the base for the cross as well as a electrician who had helped us with our initial rewiring of the building before we moved in who used his cherry-picker truck to elevate the cross into place. We wanted an Orthodox-style cross that was familiar to Orthodox people of the many backgrounds in our mission. It is the crowning jewel of all the incredible work that has been done to make what was a decaying building into a beautiful icon of the Kingdom of God. You can see the cross from every direction as you enter the neighborhood.”

Installation of cross

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