Altar Cross/Corpus

The crucifix placed upon the altar is intended to serve as a reminder to the people in attendance and the celebrant of the believed nature of the Eucharist as the actual body of Christ; the altar itself symbolically represents Golgotha. It is for this reason that Roman Law decrees it necessary to have the crucifix upon the altar whenever Mass is celebrated. Specifically, it is placed directly in between the Candlesticks in such a way that it is conveniently seen by the people. In some cases, to better fulfil this requirement, the crucifix is instead hung on the wall behind the altar, so that when the priest is facing the congregation the crucifix is not obstructed. In some churches the crucifix is suspended mid-air via strong, nearly invisible metal cords, directly above the altar itself.  Often this is also accompanied by a cross/crucifix on the altar itself.

 

While the crucifix is demanded to be upon or at least near the altar at all times, during the period of time from the first Vespers of Passion Sunday to the unveiling of the cross on Good Friday it is expected to be covered with a violet veil, except for the High Mass on the altar, when the veil is white, and Good Friday, when the veil is usually black. After Good Friday, until Holy Saturday it is necessary for all, including the bishop, the canons of the cathedral, and the celebrant to genuflect to the crucifix, which is in contrast to any other time of the year when the aforementioned are not required to genuflect.

LE175 Altar corpus Cross

Standing brass Altar Corpus Cross.  65cm in height overall.  Wonderful detailing and very ornate. 

 

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In many of the mainline Protestant denominations, such as the Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church also have altar crosses; usually a cross without the body of Jesus Christ, as Protestantism to be more austere when it comes to use of religious imagery. These crosses are traditionally, but not always, brought in as processional crosses at the beginning of the religious service and placed at the altar in the sanctuary. When approaching the altar, the acolyte is to bow at the cross to show respect toward the Lord.

LE176 Altar Corpus Cross


Standing brass Altar Corpus Cross.  30cm in height overall.  Wonderful detailing and very ornate. 

 

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LE177 Altar Corpus Cross


Standing brass Altar Corpus Cross.  56cm in overall height and simple in design. 

 

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LE182 Altar Corpus Cross

Standing Altar Corpus Cross, nickel plated brass.  Standing height 63cm.  Papal design. 

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LE187 Altar Corpus Cross

Standing Altar Corpus Cross, nickel plated brass.  Standing height 60cm.  Papal design. 

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LE193 ALtar Corpus Cross

Standing Altar Corpus Cross, nickel plated brass.  Standing height 40cm.


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LE930 Altar Cross

Ornate, standing Altar Cross, gilded finish brass.  Standing height 25cm.  Sturdy base.

 

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LE931 Altar Cross

Ornate, standing Altar Cross, gilded finish brass.  Standing height 17cm.  Sturdy base.

 

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LE932 Altar Cross

Ornate, standing Altar Cross, gilded finish brass.  Standing height 19cm.  Sturdy base.

 

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LE934 Altar Cross

Ornate, standing Altar Cross, gilded finish brass.  Standing height 20cm.  Sturdy base.

 

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