LA BASILIQUE

Crucifix

of the romanesque period

« A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.» Gospel of St John, 15:13

Dating from the twelfth century, provenance unknown, this figure used to be called  the Christ of Count Raymond IV because the Count wa believed to have brought it back from the Middle East. In wood, covered with gilded and stamped copper, and adorned with stones and enamels. Restored in 1838. Exceptional for its age and its size. Christ’s face looks tired, and his feet are not crossed. The loincloth he wears is finely carved.
This crucifix is sometimes classed today among the romanesque figures of Christ from Catalunya.

The Cross shows simultaneously the injustice of this world and the abundance of God’s love. On the Cross, Christ gives His life freely. He pardons the injustice done to Him (« Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing »), and He expresses His confident love for God (« Father, into your hands I return my spirit »). His sacrifice is seen as the source of all the gifts of oneself that each one of us is capable of offering. The Cross, for Christians, both sums up and proclaims this great love.

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