As a symbol of the Christian life rooted in the Gospels, the E Latere Christi Crucifix is a truly unique and distinctive Christian gift. This solid bronze crucifix (2.75 x 2.75 inches) illustrates many powerful Scriptural stories: the Holy Trinity; Adam and Eve’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden; Peter’s threefold denial of Jesus; the crucifixion of Christ, John and Mary at the foot of the cross, the Eucharist and the birth of the Church. The E Latere Christi Crucifix was conceived and executed by a master bronzesmith in Germany. This is a gift of true heirloom quality, biblical imagery and theological depth which will make a very fitting gift for a First Communion, an Ordination, and or a special anniversary or jubilee celebration.
E Latere Christi—Blood and Water from the Side of Christ
The E Latere Christi Crucifix is rich in symbolism. The crucified Christ is central. Blood and water flows “from the side of Christ” (E latere Christi in Latin) which has been pierced by a Roman soldier (John 19:34). This flowing forth of blood and water symbolizes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Mary stands at Christ’s right side and collects the flow of blood and water in a chalice. This is a rich symbol of the Eucharist: Christ’s blood sacrifice on the cross now remembered and reenacted in the celebration of every Eucharist. On the left side of the cross, Mary, John, the other Mary and a crowd of onlookers behold the crucified Christ (John 19:25-27). On the right side, the beginning of salvation history is recalled as Adam and Eve partake of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). Also pictured is the rooster, symbol of Peter’s threefold renunciation of Christ on the night before he died (Matthew 26:34-75). At the top of the cross, the dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit, descends and the Father’s hand points to his crucified son (Matthew 3:15-17). The crucifix, dove and hand together symbolize the Holy Trinity bringing about our salvation.