Monday, January 31, 2011

Cross and candles

The cross above the candle stand at the west end of the church is a copy of the 'San Damiano Cross', a large Romanesque rood cross that St. Francis of Assisi was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original hangs in the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi.

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  1. The vicar was asked if the cross was 'permanent'.

    "The cross belongs to me so for that reason it might not be permanent! We have used it for the Good Friday Liturgy for the last couple of years, but it has otherwise been in its box.

    I have long thought the position of the candle-stand slightly odd in that it seem to suggest a devotion to the back of the churchwarden's head. Two weeks ago when I saw how the blow heaters were affecting the candles there I moved the stand to the right and then saw the hook on the south pillar. I quickly remembered the cross and out it came. St Jude's has had a long (and still unexplained devotion) to St Francis. The only frontal for the small altar we used to use in the 'crossing' has an image of St Francis upon it. It is possible there is a connection with the interest in the welfare of animals that goes back to the first vicar and is most obviously expressed in the horse memorial. I also had in mind how Vivien Caplin would always unite our prayers with those of St Francis when she led the intercessions.

    There's also a hook on the north column. I think an icon of St Jude would look nice there."