This antique devotional crucifix is from the late 1800s. It is comprised of a detailed crucifixion scene surrounded by symbols of the events and tools of Christ’s Crucifixion, also known as the Arma Christi.
The frame of the shadowbox is solid wood that has been intricately carved and gilded. The reverse still has its original paper backing. A wire has been attached for hanging, although this type of box was originally designed to be recessed into a wall. The interior of the box is lined in satin and has silk flowers strewn across the bottom.
The vignette contains a highly detailed background print of the Blessed Virgin Mother and Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross while behind them lays the city of Jerusalem. The crucifix is wood with a gilded metal corpus and a silver halo. Beneath the scene is a plaque that reads “Thy Kingdom Come” “100 days Indulgence each time - Pius IX, 14th June 1877”.
Symbolism of the Arma Christi:
The Pillar - where Christ was scourged.
The reed - which was placed in Jesus' hand as a sceptre in mockery.
INRI - Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews).
The Holy Grail - the chalice used by Jesus at The Last Supper, and which some traditions say Joseph of Arimathea used to catch His blood at the crucifixion.
The Seamless Robe of Jesus
The Dice - with which the soldiers cast lots for Christ's seamless robe.
The Rooster - that crowed after Peter's third denial of Jesus.
The Vessel -used to hold the gall and vinegar.
The Ladder - used for the Deposition, i.e. the removal of Christ's body from the cross for burial.
The Hammer - used to drive the nails into Jesus' hands and feet.
The Pincers - used to remove the nails.
The Vessel of Myrrh - used to anoint the body of Jesus, either by Joseph of Arimathea or by the Myrrh bearers.
The Shroud - used to wrap the body of Jesus before burial.
The Bag of Money - thirty pieces of silver, the price of Judas' betrayal.
The Lantern - used by the arresting soldiers at the time of the betrayal.
The Swords and Staves - used by the Roman soldiers.
The Sword - used by Peter to cut off the ear of the High Priest's servant.
Please note: The lantern and the whip should dangle from the cross, but they have fallen off and are loose in the case. The back is not sealed, so these should be easy to retrieve.
This is a unique religious devotional brooch. The center is a petite image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile enameled in beautiful bright blue. This medal is framed in pearly lucite on a gold finished background. Gorgeous!
This is a gorgeous vintage rosary. The beads are delicate ovals made of luminous mother of pearl. The centerpiece is hexagonal with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in profile. The crucifix is very elegant and includes roses carved into the cross behind the corpus. “France” is printed on the reverse of the crucifix.
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This is a rare vintage devotional piece. It is a clock designed to help those who wish to offer spiritual communion in union with Holy Mass. At any given moment, Mass is being prayed somewhere in the world, and this piece can locate (within the hour) where a Mass is being offered. The user dials in their current time, and the windows will show three locations around the world that might be offering Mass.
The front of the piece has an image of Christ crucified with two figures below Him catching His blood in a chalice. Between the figures it reads: “My Sacrifice in His.” Printed around the outer edge are the words, “I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood now being offered in the Mass in _____”, with the blank filled in with the name of a city on the P.M. dial.
On the reverse is the concurrent A.M. location with the following prayer: “Eternal Father, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I wish to unite myself with Jesus, now offering His Precious Blood in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
This piece is roughly the size of an old pocket watch and was likely attached to a chain in similar fashion.