The Laguna Beach campus of Mission Hospital celebrated its first anniversary on Thursday with a blessing ceremony for the crosses that will be installed on the exterior of the tower.
"May they continue to provide, as they have done throughout the ages, a beacon of light providing inspiration for hope and healing for those we serve," said Monsignor John Urell.
"Let us venerate in faith the eternal plan by which God has made the cross of Jesus Christ the pre-eminent sign of his mercy," Urell said.
Urell, pastor of St. Timothy's Roman Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, is a familiar face to communicants of St. Catherine of Siena Church. He served a brief stint at the church and most recently the blessing of the remodeled St. Catherine's School.
At the hospital, the Monsignor sprinkled the crosses with holy water dropping from twigs of rosemary, remembrance in floral parlance.
The backs of the metal crosses were signed by hospital staff members, physicians, supporters, volunteers and anyone else who was so inclined. A booklet of "Reflections" was given to people at the ceremony. It contained excerpts from the Koran, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian prayer and the Sisters of St. Joseph's vision statement: "We aspire to a life that is simple, prayerful, courageous and compassionate."