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Ohio church replaces Jesus statue burned by lightning

The head body new Jesus statue 'Lux Mundi' meaning 'light world' sits parking lot Solid Rock Church before being assembled

The head and body of the new Jesus statue "Lux Mundi" meaning "light of the world" sits in the parking lot of Solid Rock Church before being assembled with the rest of the statue on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Monroe, Ohio. The statue is to replace another statue that was destroyed by lightning in 2010. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Davidson) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

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Updated: October 1, 2012 9:08AM



MONROE, Ohio — A southern Ohio church has drawn a standing-room crowd for the dedication of a towering roadside Jesus statue that replaced one destroyed two years ago in a lightning fire.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, north of Cincinnati, dedicated the 51-foot statue at a service Sunday night.

Nicknamed “Hug Me Jesus,” the lighted statue depicts a full-bodied Jesus who’s standing with open arms. It looms over the adjacent lanes of Interstate 75.

The previous statue that was ruined by lightning in 2010 was known as “Touchdown Jesus” or “Big Butter Jesus” for its creamy color. It depicted a waist-up Jesus with arms uplifted.

Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya received a standing ovation from the crowd Sunday night.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com



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