P eter Carl Fabergé, court jeweler to the Russian Royal Family, was commissioned to create a unique Easter egg to be given to the Empress each year (later Nicholas gave one to his mother and one to his wife). Beginning in 1885 through 1916, a total of 50 eggs were made. Each egg, an artistic masterpiece, took a year or more to make, involving a team of highly skilled craftsmen, who worked in the greatest secrecy. Fabergé was given complete freedom in the design and execution, with the only prerequisite being that there had to be surprise within each creation. The one pictured above was last seen in 1964 when it was purchased at the auction house, WARTSKI in London, by a man paying cash— approximately $2,500.00. It was thought lost, but was recently found when a scrap dealer from the Midwest of America walked into WARTSKI holding photographs of a golden egg. He had bought it for $13,000, which is roughly the scrap metal value This gold egg, the Third Imperial Easter Egg, contains a Vacheron Constantin watch, as the ”surprise” inside. It was brought to Britain and sold for around £20 million British pounds, or about $33 million dollars.
Easter ThanksWe want to thank all who made our Holy Week and Easter Liturgies so beautiful and prayerful:
- Jerry Lauzon and all the servers; Brother Basil Lawrence
- Our Musicians, especially Pat and Paul Zollner and the various choirs that worked so hard to serve our community
- All those who helped with Decorations and setting up the church and parish center, especially Linda Sauer and Ruth Thompson
- /.*/All those who donated flowers especially the gorgeous azaleas and lilies--Woodburn & Fessler nurseries
- All those who helped us in the various ministries of readers and Eucharistic ministers
- To Joe Kloft and Joe Roy, Rosa and Rene and all who prepared our people for reception of the Easter Sacraments.
Gratefully, Father Philip Waibel, OSB, Pastor