Processional Crosses

Scripture   |   Tradition   |   Reason

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The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross.  The word Cross is in our very name - so you see a great many crosses around our church. Crosses are used to decorate our church, crosses are used during our services, crosses are used as memorials and dedications, crosses are used as a form of communication and a way to impart our history.
 
 
The History of the
Current Processional Cross
 
The current Processional Cross was hand-crafted in 1961 by Beth Baker's father, Kenneth Reppert, for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Frayser (Memphis), Tennessee.

There was a wall of mosaic tiles outside the sanctuary doors and the tiles used to create the Processional Cross were leftover from the tile work done on the wall.
While there is neither a front or back view, the cross has two distinct views, the Red view and the White view - each described below.

"This beautifully crafted cross was used as the primary processional cross until 1975, a 14 year period of service. St. Paul’s was deconsecrated in March, 2009 and the cross was given to our family at that time. My family, in turn, felt it appropriate to return the cross to service here at our home church, Holy Cross."
- Beth Baker, Sr. Warden 
 

   
 
  Current Processional Cross

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The red view of the Processional Cross shows the figure of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ with arms out-stretched in a mosaic of various colors, the most prominent colors being red and various shades of blue.
 
The structure of the cross was hand-made from wood and has inlaid mosaic tiles.

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The white view of the Processional Cross shows the figure of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with arms out-stretched in a mosaic of various colors, the most prominent colors being various shades of white, beige and blue.
   
 
Original Processional Cross
 
The original Processional Cross now hangs on the Memorial (West) Wall.  The cross was retired when it became separated from its staff and could not be repaired in a fashion that would permit continued service as a processional cross.
 
This cross can be seen in the photographs taken during the 1964 New Building Dedication Ceremony, at which Bishop Allin presided.
 
At the base of cross you can see a small repair, indicating where the pole broke away from the cross.
 
We are pleased to continue to display this very important part of the history of Holy Cross, providing  a place of honor in its retirement on our Memorial Wall.
   
 
Crucifix Processional Cross
 
The Crucifix Processional Cross, in much the same fashion as the Original Processional Cross, hangs on the Memorial (West Wall).
 
This cross is made of wood and trimmed with marquetry (inlaid wood), with a brass scroll and crucifix.
 
This cross was also retired when it became separated from its staff and could not be repaired in a fashion that would permit continued service as a processional cross. At the base of cross you can see a small indentation, indicating where the pole broke away from the cross.
 
We are pleased to display the Crucifix Processional Cross in a place of honor on our Memorial Wall.
   
Children's Church Processional Cross
 
Hand-crafted by Father Cheney in 2010, the Children's Church Processional Cross is diminutive in nature and made of lightweight wood for ease of carrying by a child as they recess from the Sanctuary to attend Children's Church services.