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Mary shrine recognizes Vietnamese Catholics

OC’s new Mary shrine recognizes Vietnamese Catholics’ special role

A late Saturday afternoon sunbeam danced in geometric patterns up and down the cobalt blue wind-furled veil, soon to be lowered to reveal Christ Cathedral Church in Garden Grove’s new next-door neighbor: a 12 foot statue of Our Lady of La Vang, the subject of veneration by millions of Vietnamese Catholics.

The natural laser light show was an unexpected treat for the estimated 8,000-plus parishioners, bishops, priests, dignitaries, visitors, and other curious souls who packed into the cathedral’s plaza on July 17 for the new shrine’s solemn blessing.

Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Christophe Pierre admitted later that he did not notice the shimmering display while he gave his remarks during the dedication. But given the history and mystique surrounding Our Lady of La Vang, he said that vision could fit in rather purposefully with the other faith-inspired liturgical dances, children’s drum lines, and adult choir tributes that preceded it.

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