Missionites have likely noticed the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of San Francisco taking shape over the last year at Valencia and 14th with is grand main dome, and it's novel enough that a new church is being built in 2016 instead of being abandoned and seeking new tenants, as is happening elsewhere in the city. But in the video above, you get to see the cathedral getting its big cross topper plopped in place, which happened on Saturday with the help of a helicopter to hoist it.
You may not be able to tell, but that cross is nine feet high and weighs 470 pounds. The film above was made by Kostas Petrakos Films.
As Greek community site The Pappas Post explains, the original congregation here began in 1921, "founded by early Greek immigrants to the Bay Area... as a splinter community of followers sympathetic to Greek prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos. They grew rapidly and soon bought the Valencia Street Theater which stood on this site until the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake caused severe structural damage, effectively destroying the theater.
After there was some debate about possibly relocating and two decades of fundraising, the congregation ultimately decided to rebuild right at 245 Valencia Street, and construction began in late 2013.
Things are getting close, and reportedly worshipers celebrated the Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen Saturday morning in the cathedral's chapel following the cross installation. It's unclear when the grand opening will be happening, however.