St. Thomas à Becket Parish
4320 Ste. Anne, Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 4Y7Office: 514-626-4111Email:

Canterbury Crosses and Consecration Candles

Canterbury Crosses

When Archbishop Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte consecrated our Altar and Church, he applied Holy Chrism to the centre of the Altar and on crosses at the four corners of the Altar table, (5 wounds of Jesus) because the Altar also represents Jesus, and on the four wooden crosses with colored glass from the murals embedded into them, again in 5 places for Jesus' 5 wounds. The motif for the Canterbury Crosses was made in the 9th century, and all four were crafted from the Canterbury motif by parishioners Richard and Fran Merlo with the help of Bernie Lavigne.

Consecration Candles

4 crosses and candles represent the four Gospels; which give us the Word of God, Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is the Way to Eternal Life: the Way of the Cross; the Truth about God, Merciful and Just, and about humanity, which is sinful and needing redemption; the Light of Life, which is the Love God has lavished upon us even though we cannot deserve it, and enlightens us in our darkness. Candle holders were designed and carved by Bernie Lavigne.

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