rood

Derivation

  • Anglo-Saxon: rod, cross

Profile

(1) The true cross on which Christ died.

(2) In medieval architecture, a large crucifix, often with the statues of Our Lady and Saint John on either side, placed over the entrance to the choir or chancel of a church on a gallery, screen, or beam spanning the chancel arch. It was usually of richly carved wood painted and gilded, and by the 13th century was a usual feature of the churches of western Christendom.

MLA Citation

  • “rood“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2018. Web. 13 December 2018. <>