Cupola and Cross Elevated Over Holy Transfiguration Cathedral
Early in the
morning of October 12, several enormous vehicles drove up to Holy
Transfiguration Cathedral, carrying parts of a colossal crane. The
crane was quickly assembled to perform the act long awaited by the
parish: the elevation of the main cupola and cross to crown the
ascended slowly, its golden crown glistening under the azure sky.
Then, after the cupola was fitted into place, the cross was hoisted
upwards. With the singing in one voice of the troparion to the cross,
"Save, Lord, Thy People," by the rector and the priests
from neighboring parishes, the cross was raised over the cupola
and slowly lowered into place.
of the cupola and cross had been performed earlier by His Eminence
Archbishop Kyrill during the feast day of the Cathedral, the Transfiguration
of the Lord.
Rector, Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff, said during an interview
after the event:
is a momentous occasion, not only for our parishioners, but for
all Orthodox Christians of our city. For some twenty-five years,
since the commencement of the construction of our Cathedral, we
have awaited this day—the day when our church would be crowned with
a cupola and cross. And now, by the mercy of God, we have finally
seen it, we have lived to this day. Let us pray to the Lord that
He help us complete the plan, so that another twenty cupolas and
crosses adorn our Cathedral."
The next four
cupolas are scheduled to be erected during the next three of four