For Orange's Own, "The Veil Is Lifted"
Asked whether said sense of the moment was a lone one, a longtime confidant of Don José simply cabled back that "it made an impression on all of us."
To brighter things, meanwhile – at least, the brightest they can be here below – in the local church where Fr Cirilo spent most of his ministry reveling in the "smell of the sheep," a long-awaited moment is finally at hand.
Nearly three years since its $57.5 million acquisition as seat of the 1.3 million-member Orange diocese, tomorrow brings the rollout of the liturgical designs for "the future Christ Cathedral" – the crystal landmark slated for dedication as Catholic worship-space in early 2016.
In a fitting touch, however, the release will only take place after a diocesan Mass for the fallen San Diego pastor at the last OC parish he led.