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Just over 10 years ago, on February 11, 2009, God called three seminarians of Ecône back to Him. In memory of these three young men, a cross was raised on the summit of Grand Garde in the Swiss Alps, which is directly across the valley from the seminary. The cross was blessed on June 18, 2019, in presence of the whole seminary, the families of the deceased and friends from the canton of Valais.
Idea - Planning - Stage - Spring - Year
The idea was first proposed in 2013, but remained in the planning stage until spring of 2018. It took a whole year to bring the project to fruition. The cross was made by a carpenter in Valais, another craftsman applied copper plating, a solid foundation had to be designed and prepared… this took a month.
The 70 kg metal base was flown up to the summit by helicopter, together with an air compressor and a drill. The base was sunk 1.6 metres deep into the rock. Another 105 kg had to be carried up by the seminarians.
Monday - June - End - Exams - Group
On Monday, June 17, 2019, at the end of exams, a group of seminarians began the climb. They carried the cross joyfully over 1 km horizontal distance and 200 m ascent, before raising the cross and attaching it solidly in its final location.
Fr. Bernard de Lacoste, director of the seminary, had the honour of carrying out the benedictio solemnis and gave a brief address on the meaning of the project.
Solemn - Blessing - Monte - Au - Calvaire
After the solemn blessing, Jésus-Christ monte au Calvaire set to music by Pergolesi was sung, and those in attendance came one by one to adore the cross. In conclusion, the Sabak brothers and...
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