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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge pours chrism to anoint the altar during the Rite of Dedication of Corpus Christi Church in Aldie May 2, as Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde looks on. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Corpus Christi Church in Aldie is designed in a Gothic style and cruciform shape, The west facade is constructed of Indiana limestone with a hand-carved Corpus above the portico. The large rose window symbolizes the Virgin Mary and is traditional in Gothic architecture. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Fr. Michael G. Taylor, pastor, ceremonially opens the doors of the new Corpus Christi Church in Aldie at the start of the Rite of Dedication Mass May 2.  JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Parishioners sit in the nave of Corpus Christi Church in Aldie during the Rite of Dedication May 2. The long center aisle and pointed arches draw worshipers’ eyes toward the sanctuary and altar. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Fr. Father Charles W. Merkle, parochial vicar, (left) and Fr. Michael G. Taylor, pastor, use step ladders to light the candles set in high wall sconces around the church during the Rite of Dedication of Corpus Christi Church in Aldie May 2. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Worshipers at the new Corpus Christi Church in Aldie are beckoned to look heavenward with a rich color palette and ornate decorative elements inspired by the Gothic churches of Europe. The ceiling is an intense blue, signifying the healing powers of God and representing the heavenly realm. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
A first-class relic of the Apostle St. Peter is shown in a wooden box before being placed in the altar during the Mass dedicating the new Corpus Christi Church in Aldie May 2. The relic was provided by Fr. Carroll Oubre, who obtained it from Bishop Peter Canisius van Lierde (1907-95). JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Fr. Michael G. Taylor, pastor, holds the ceremonial key to the new Corpus Christi Church in Aldie May 2. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
The rood is a crucifixion scene suspended over the altar. Its three components are the main church crucifix and statues of Mary and St. John the Apostle. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge sprinkles blessed water on parishioners and the walls of the new Corpus Christi Church in Aldie during the Rite of Dedication May 2. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge anoints the altar with chrism during the Rite of Dedication of Corpus Christi Church in Aldie May 2, as Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde looks on. JOE CASHWELL | FOR THE CATHOLIC HERALD
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