This little bronze consecration cross, at a small Norman church in the East Riding of Yorkshire, caught my eye along with the play of light through the leaded light window. Consecration crosses were, in the Middle Ages, a visible declaration of the dedication of a newly founded church to the exclusive service of God, symbolising the victory of Christ through the Passion and providing a defence against demonical powers. A full set of consecration crosses numbers 24. When a bishop consecrated the church he would ascend to each cross in turn and anoint it with CHRISM: Sanctifecetur hoc templum - 'blessed be this church'. Each interior cross (usually 12 in number) was provided with a candle bracket: 12 crosses with lighted candles symbolising the world's enlightenment through the 12 apostles. The candle bracket for this cross can be seen bottom centre. Such crosses are now rare.
Thanks for all the C&C's on my p/f.
Leaded light window
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