My father Maurice was the owner of a large crucifix that he had since he was about 11 years old. (A crucifix is a cross with a representation of Jesus' body hanging from it.) In May 1939, he made his “profession de foi” (profession of faith) at Ste-Agnes R.C. church in Fauquier, Ontario. He and his fellow students each received a “Certificat d’instruction religieuse” to commemorate the event. Dad once told me that he received the crucifix because he did well at his Catechism lessons. I wonder if it was on this occasion that he got his crucifix?
Dad’s crucifix measures 51 cm long by 25 cm wide (20” x 10”). The corpus of Jesus is 25 cm long by 19 cm wide (10” x 7½”). The cross portion is of solid wood, bevelled and varnished. There is a small brass hanger plate on the back. The cross is of simple Latin form. (The Latin form, unlike other forms such as Celtic, Coptic, and Greek, is a cross with a longer descending arm, which represents the cross of Jesus' crucifixion.) I don’t know what type of material the molded corpus is made of. Other than a small dent in Jesus’ left knee, the crucifix is in good shape for its age, about 73 years old. There are no identifying marks as to the manufacturer or retailer.
|Maurice Belair’s crucifix, 2009.|
When I lived at home, the crucifix used to hang in Mom and Dad’s bedroom over Dad’s dresser. After Dad passed away, Mom gave the crucifix to my brother Raymond. He keeps it on the wall over his dresser in his bedroom at his home. As far as I know, the only time the crucifix was on public display was at Dad’s memorial service at Our Lady of Good Hope church in May 1996.
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