cross bearer

cross bearer (plural cross bearers)

  1. (Christianity) A person who carries a cross in a Christian religious procession.
    • "With many a cross bearer before,
      And many a spear behind."
    • 1942 May 4, "[,9171,777776,00.html Religion: Canterbury Pilgrim]," Time (retrieved 28 Oct 2015)
      Behind the verger walked a cross-bearer, the Canterbury choristers and seven decrepit beadsmen. Behind the decrepit beadsmen came a long array of Canterbury canons, chaplains and dignitaries in all their robes, followed by pages carrying the maces of Canterbury and York and the cross of Canterbury.
    • 2014 April 18, Andrew Bloss, "Crucifixion re-enacted in Croydon on Good Friday ↗," Your Local Guardian (UK) (retrieved 28 Oct 2015)
      There were three main processions which were led by a cross bearer.

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