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Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove

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Christ Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de Cristo; Vietnamese: Nhà Thờ Chính Tòa Chúa Kitô), formerly and informally known as the Crystal Cathedral, is an American church building of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, located in Garden Grove, California. The reflective glass building, by the firm of Philip Johnson/John Burgee Architects seats 2,248 people. The church was touted as "the largest glass building in the world" when it was completed in 1981. The building has one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial Organ.
Until 2013, the building was the principal place of worship for Crystal Cathedral Ministries (now Shepherd's Grove), a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller. Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and in February 2012 sold the building and its adjacent campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for use as the diocese's new cathedral. The building, especially the interior, was renovated by Johnson Fain to accommodate the Roman Catholic liturgy. It was the stated intentions of the diocese to respect the style of the original architecture to the greatest extent possible.
Following the completion of construction, the building was consecrated and formally renamed "Christ Cathedral", the seat of the Diocese of Orange, on July 17, 2019.
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  • This is the location for this wonderful exhibit through August 2020. Free parking but may be harder to find if you are there during church service hours. Church grounds are immaculate.  more »
  • There is modern simplicity and beauty in the church. I was not thrilled with the acoustics but understand there is a large open area to the ceiling. It was not bad. Just not thrilled. We were...  more »
  • They did an excellent job of converting this to a Roman Catholic church. Beautiful Cathedral. Re: acoustics- very good for concerts but not for sermons, monologues and speeches. Too much echo. Restrooms inside cathedral are hard for the physically challenge. Altar is not high enough to see the priest. Very good ventilation. air con is excellent. Need more organization during communions.
  • This is probably the most beautiful and inspirational church of modern times. We were Eagle members for many many years and eager to revisit soon. Thank you for the beautiful transformation and religious following. Lieu and Jim Oceanside CA.

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