Processional cross - ROM2010_11707_87


Processional cross

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Attributed to Lower Egypt or desert or Alexandria region
Date: c. 400-600 AD
Period: Byzantine period
45.3 x 37 x 5.4 cm
Object number: 910.152.5
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium
DescriptionThe Byzantine Divine Liturgy was symbolic re-enactment of Christ's Incarnation, teachings, and sacrifice. This Great Mysterium - the redemption of humanity - unfolded in an elaborate church ceremony that included prayers, hymns, readings, processions, and lavish vestments. The ceremony involved the whole person, enlightening the mind and stimulating the senses so the worshipper would experience the Divine. Some of the important implements used in conjunction with the ceremony were patens and chalices to hold the bread and the wine of the Eucharist, spoons, processional crosses, censers for burning incense, and lamps for lighting.
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