They are most commonly used during various Christian celebrations. During a procession they are held by an altar boy who accompanies a priest and carries the liturgical object when entering and exiting the Church. They are distinguished by a great length. The crucifix is fixed on the top of a long staff; therefore, it is easily visible by each parishioner during the ceremony. When carried, the front of the figure of Jesus Christ faces the direction in which the parishioners march. However, in case of the papal processional crosses, Christ’s image points in the direction of the prelate to whom it belongs.
Processional cross in a range of styles
In our online store we offer beautifully embedded and decorated crucifixes with the image of Jesus Christ. Within this category you can find them in a wide variety of designs, some of the styles include:
Their total height measures around 200 cm / 79 inches. Each of them is made from high-quality materials which ensure their durability. They are available in a range of colours – gold, brass and silver. Crosses in a stable base (stand) come unscrewed and can be carried on short distance during a procession. They are a beautiful and impressive addition to every church and we highly encourage you to get one.
Background and symbolism
Its roots go way back to the beginnings of the Middle Ages. Allegedly Saint Augustine of Canterbury carried one during the Gregorian mission to England, whereas other sources say that in the past every church was supposed to possess one. With the elapse of time they became detachable from their staffs, so that the earliest altar crosses could be easily carried and then, at the end of a ceremony, placed on a stand. Nowadays they are undoubtedly one of the most important liturgical objects in Church and are used to add symbolic meaning to the procession, but not only. They are also used during various celebrations inside churches. In such cases the cross is placed on the altar; hence their detachability.