The Parish of Bengeo

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Holy Trinity - The Rood Cross

The Rood cross is suspended above the entrance to the chancel.

The Rood Cross

The wooden crucifix approximately 400 years old is decorated with mother- of-pearl on both faces; it is beautifully engraved with the Stations of the Cross on one side and the Instruments of the Passion on the other. It is probably of German origin.

The Rood Cross

For many years a fine oak screen stood below the rood replicating common practice in Medieval times when the chancel was reserved for the clergy and the people were largely restricted to the nave. The screen was removed in 1964 and now stands in front of the Millennium Rooms at the back of the church.

In 1997 this area was further modified to accommodate a spacious platform for a nave altar. The design is the work of David Kirby, the church architect, while the altar rails were made by Alan Cracknell, cabinet maker and former Church Warden of this parish.

The preaching cross above the pulpit depicts Christ in Majesty. It is the work of a Bavarian wood carver, Siegfried Pietzch, who trained in Oberammergau; the gesso plaque of the Last Supper above the credence table was presented to the parish by our Italian link parish of Cuccurano.

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