Restoration of the Holy Cross

The restoration of the holy Cross that hangs in the sanctuary is now complete. The Cross, placed in the church in 1965, had over these past 54 years begun to show its need for some restoration to ensure that it would remain the powerful symbol of our faith for another 50 years.

The corpus (the body of Our Lord) was taken down from the Cross at the beginning of Lent and delivered to the craftsmen to clean and treat the wood and for painting. After weeks of restoration work the corpus was returned and restored to the Cross and unveiled during the solemn adoration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday.

The beauty of the Cross now shows forth ever more vibrantly as the colours help to draw our eyes, and so our minds and our hearts, to adore our crucified Lord.

The body of Our Lord has been painted in flesh tones which highlight the muscles, sinews and bones. The five wounds of Our Lord have been painted in a deep blood colour that show the agony Our Lord endured for us during the crucifixion. The loin cloth is coloured in white, as an undergarment, with the folds highlighted in gold to show that this the garment of our king. The crown of thorns is coloured green to show that the crown was made from brambles and thorns. And the notice with the Latin letters INRI, ordered by Pontius Pilate meaning “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum” or, in English, “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”, is coloured in white with the letters in black and highlighted in gold.

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Before and after images of the Corpus

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Before and after images of the Corpus

The restoration of this work was made possible because of the generous donations made by parishioners. In particular, we thank the Zaiter family who arranged for donations to be made in commemoration of their father, Dib Zaiter, as a memorial to his life and as a testament to his faith. And thank you to parishioners who made donations and contributed to the cost of this restoration work. Your generosity is a sign of your love and your dedication to Holy Trinity Church and to Our Lord. We thank the Missionary Sisters and CMP Stores in Granville for their help in having this work completed.

This restored crucifix will continue to serve as a symbol of the faith of our parish as we honour the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord made known by the triumph of His Holy Cross.