Church gets new cross for steeple

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN » An area church that has been stand­ing for over a cen­tury has a new shine to it af­ter re­ceiv­ing a much needed re­pair.

Christ Epis­co­pal Church, 316 E. High St., is show­ing off a brand new cross that was newly in­stalled at the top of their steeple. The new stain­less steel adorn­ment has re­placed the old one af­ter it was dis­cov­ered last year that the cross was be­gin­ning to lean.

“The old cross was taken down be­cause the base part broke off in­ter­nally,” said Bob Gross with Christ Epis­co­pal Church. “It broke off far enough down that it wasn’t re­ally ob­vi­ous. We no­ticed it was tilt­ing one di­rec­tion on one day and in an­other di­rec­tion on an­other.”

Church of­fi­cials no­ticed the tilt in the sum­mer of last year and took swift ac­tion to avoid any fall­ing items. Be­cause of how the cross broke, re­pairs made it dif­fi­cult, but find­ing some­one to do the work on in­stalling a new cross came with its own dif­fi­cul­ties.

“The prob­lem is that it was also the light­ning rod. So they got it

down, capped the thing and then we had to fig­ure out what to do about it,” said Gross. “This is the only guy for states around that does this kind of stuff.”

Crews from CJ Di­irner & Sons could be seen in a crane July 20 pre­par­ing to put up the new cross. By close to 9 a.m., the new cross was sit­ting on top of the steeple and had been un­veiled.

The orig­i­nal cross had been in place since the church was built in 1876. It weighs over 250 pounds, was orig­i­nally gold plated and is made of cast iron. Gross said al­though there will be a new, slightly less or­nate cross atop the church, the old cross will be dis­played in the front yard for peo­ple to see.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Af­ter the orig­i­nal cross on top of Christ Epis­co­pal Church broke last sum­mer, church of­fi­cials have re­placed it with a new stain­less steel ver­sion. The orig­i­nal , which was more than a cen­tury old, was orig­i­nally gold plated and was made of cast iron.

Crews un­veiled the new cross that sits atop Christ Epis­co­pal Church on High Street in Pottstown.

Crews from CJ Di­irner & Sons pre­pare to as­cend to the top of the steeple at Christ Epis­co­pal Church in Pottstown. The crews in­stalled a new cross on top of the steeple af­ter the orig­i­nal broke at the base.

Work­ers as­cend to the top of the steeple at Christ Epis­co­pal Church with a new, cov­ered cross in tow. The new stain­less steel cross will re­place the orig­i­nal which had been on top of the church for over a cen­tury.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The orig­i­nal cross which stood atop Christ Epis­co­pal Church since it was built in 1876, was re­moved last sum­mer af­ter it broke at the base. The cast iron, once gold­plated cross was re­placed July 20 with a stain­less steel ver­sion.

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