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Weinert’s Tabernacle, Holy Family Cathedral, Orange


This tabernacle is one of the late works of world renowned artist Egino Weinert (1920-2012). Weinert’s work, for the most part, is a modern take on Byzantine iconography.

The six enamel cloisonné panels depict the Last Supper, Christ at Emmaus, The Risen Christ at Breakfast with the Disciples, The Wedding Feast at Canna, the Feeding of the Multitude and Jesus with Mary and Martha.

The tabernacle is crowned with brass grillwork in the form of olive leaves and topped with a pendant depicting the Annunciation. Weinert’s use of color generously compliments the nearby floor to ceiling Piczek stained glass windows.

Monsignor Art Holquin commissioned the tabernacle some fifteen years ago during a renovation of the sanctuary.  

Weinert’s work can be found all over the world, including many cathedrals, churches, and in the Vatican. He was a favorite artist of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.

The Diocese of Orange purchased the last tabernacle created by Enigo Weinertfor Christ Cathedral.  Monsignor Art Holquin, was instrumental in the acquisition of this valuable piece.  In a small sense, having similar 
tabernacles cements continuity of history between Holy Family Cathedral and Christ Cathedral.

Orange, CA

Holy Family Cathedral