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Crucifix damaged in windstorm replaced at San Gabriel Mission

March 23, 2012 |  7:33 am

San Gabriel Mission

Three months after a severe windstorm toppled a historic crucifix at the San Gabriel Mission, the wooden cross was hoisted back into place.

The crucifix, originally dedicated in 1935, will be rededicated April 6, which is Good Friday, the day most Christians, including Roman Catholics, commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.

High winds Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 caused the figure of Jesus to fall off the cross and break into several pieces.

"On Dec. 1 it was so depressing," Al Sanchez, the mission's business manager, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "We had to carry him to one of the museum storage rooms. I had his arms in my office and most of him was in a plastic bag."

The refurbishment cost $1,000 in materials and at least 150 hours of labor, said TeriLee Holm, who contacted the mission to volunteer her time after learning about the damage.

Holm, a San Gabriel native, works in the movie industry as a set painter and faux finisher. She used automotive paint to replicate the statue's original colors.

Another group of volunteers led by brothers Shane and Evan Chapman, volunteered to build a new 14-foot cedar cross for the figure of Jesus to rest on.


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Photo: The Rev. Tony Diaz, right, and mission employee Chuck Lyons survey the broken pieces of a crucifix knocked down in a late-2011 windstorm. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times