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 Post subject: Does the crucifix on a pole have a special name?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:25 pm 
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You know, at Mass, the cross on a pole the altar servers carry down the aisle--does it have a special name?

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Processional crucifix?

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 Post subject: Re: Does the crucifix on a pole have a special name?
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This is not a quiz, so don't ask me. Ha! I think that "processional crucifix" would conjure up the correct image for most Catholics though. Thanks.

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This is not a quiz, so don't ask me. Ha! I think that "processional crucifix" would conjure up the correct image for most Catholics though. Thanks.

It is sometimes referred to as a vexilla Crucis, or vexilla cincerium in some ancient Missals. Which is a nice image. A Vexilla being the standard carried by an army into battle. Think the Roman Eagle and the Roman Legions. Or think of the Vexilla Regis...a hymn to the cross.

I am unaware of an technical name. Maybe there is one. The old Missal hardly mentions it, as it was a usus contra rubricam. That is, as far as the traditional Roman rite goes, the use of a crucifer and carrying lighted incense during a Mass procession was a matter for Pontifical Mass, and on some special occasions (Holy Saturday). The use of a cross-bearer/crucifer at a regular parish Mass was introduced against the rubrics, but arguably gained the force of law through custom. But in anycase, don't get mentioned as much in official texts because of that and so hard for me to recall any special name, if there is one.

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 Post subject: Re: Does the crucifix on a pole have a special name?
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The grade school boys who were altar servers at one Mass simply referred to it as the Cross.


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