24 Sep

Saint Anton of Padova

For a part of the catholic christians from Baia Mare, the celebration of Jesus entering in Jerusalem coincided with a special event. Today, 17th of April, at the Chatolic Church "St. Anton of Padova" on street Victoria, has been uncovered a statuary group made of Carrara marble, which represents the saint protector of the church holding in his hands our saviour Jesus Christ. The statue was made by the well-known sculptor Mircea Rusu, which cooperated many years with the chatolic community that prays at the "St. Anton of Padova" church. At this unprecedented event participated the bishop of Lugoj, His Exelency Alexandru Mesian, the ex minister of agriculture Ioan Muresan, christians, as well.

For a part of the catholic christians from Baia Mare, the celebration of Jesus entering in Jerusalem coincided with a special event. Today, 17th of April, at the Chatolic Church "St. Anton of Padova" on street Victoria, has been uncovered a statuary group made of Carrara marble, which represents the saint protector of the church holding in his hands our saviour Jesus Christ. The statue was made by the well-known sculptor Mircea Rusu, which cooperated many years with the chatolic community that prays at the "St. Anton of Padova" church. At this unprecedented event participated the bishop of Lugoj, His Exelency Alexandru Mesian, the ex minister of agriculture Ioan Muresan, christians, as well.
 
Right after the liturgy, in the presence of a few hundreds of christians, the statue that represents the Saint Anton of Padova holding in his arms little Jesus, made of Carrara marble by the scupltor from Baia Mare, professor Mircea Rusu, was unreveled in front of the chatolic church from Baia mare which is named after him. 

At this event were present the mayor Istvan Ludescher, the city manager Vasile Barbul, the ex mayor Cristian Anghel, and the minister of agriculture Ioan Muresan. The service of consecration of the statuary group was held by the priest Simion Mesaros, toghether with the bishop of Lugoj, his excelency Alexandru Mesian.

Allthough the Carrara marble is extremely expensive and rare, being the most appreciated from Europe, the material for the statuary group was a donation. "The statue is a glowing work of art of the professor Mircea Rusu and it was a kind of coincidence... The Carrara marble costs about 2000€ for the tone. We wanted to purchase the marble from Italy. We had a transaction sesion with the quarry holder and, finally, he wouldn't have priged it anymore, but he offered us this smaller block of just a metre", explaind priest Simion Mesaros.

The project, an artistic jewelry, took about five months and it wasn't easy  at all, taking in consideration the marble's proportions, but finishing it gave me a big satisfaction, the sculptor confesed.
"This cube of a metre was sent to us. It was rather hard working on a block that is this small. We did the work in about five months", confesed the sculptor Mircea Rusu, whom olso said that he just wants power so he will be able to continue working.
 
The christians that were present at the event were extremely proud of the magnificent statuary group made out of white marble, which will protect them from now on. "Saint Anton of Padova is the one that loved the most our Virgo, and yes, he is the protector of our church", said Andrei Balan.
 
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