"People come in and the emotions range from immediate tears and their mouths gape and almost can't breathe," Novak said.
"To have this dramatic change is just fantastic," she said. "It really draws your eye to the crucifix, the reason we are here."
"It's necessary for our liturgy to have a crucifix in the sanctuary, but we didn't want to leave the Risen Savior," she said, adding the style of the original sculpture reflected the design of the times when the building was constructed.
"It was what was going on at the time," she said.
In his homily, Lori talked about the importance of urging people to come to church. He referred to the day's Gospel reading, where Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a feast that some people reject, which Lori said "strikes a contemporary note."