Chancel Cross

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Located in the Chancel and above the altar is the original, hand-crafted, wooden cross made by Ed Barber, a Baptist, of Maywood (deceased). The cross was presented to Holy Cross prior to the building dedication and is shown in the photographs taken during the 1964 Building Dedication Ceremony, at which Bishop Allin presided.

 


Unveiled

 


Veiled

 

Veils & Liturgical Colors

As we progress through the Liturgical Calendar various colors are used to indicate seasons of the Church and Holy Days. During special Seasons and on Holy Days the Chancel Cross is draped with a veil to indicate the Season or Holy Day. Additionally, the Altar and the Abbo are adorned with Altar Clothes of the same color. Refer to the Liturgical Calendar to determine the colors used for each Season or Holy Day.
 
The various colors of the seasons of the church are Blue, White, Green, Purple, and Red, as indicated below:
 
 Color  Season
 Blue Advent 
 White Easter and Christmas
 Green Epiphany and Trinity 
 Purple Lent and Advent
 Red Pentecost
 
 
The Chancel Cross is veiled in a Black Veil only one day of the year, Good Friday. Additionally, a Cross of Thorns is placed at the top of the cross, as explained below, the Altar is stripped bare and two "nails" are placed on the Altar, all as symbols of the Passion of Christ. 
 

Good Friday





On Good Friday the Chancel Cross is veiled in black and a crown of thorns is placed at the top of the cross, as a reminder of the Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Two metal spikes, representing the nails used during the Crucifixion are placed on the stripped altar as an additional reminder of the price paid for our salvation.