cross-bearer


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cru•ci•fer

(ˈkru sə fər)

n.
1. a person who carries a cross, as in ecclesiastical processions.
2. a cruciferous plant.
[1565–75; < Late Latin, = Latin cruci-, s. of crux cross + -fer -fer]
References in classic literature ?
But her glance rested on the one who marched at the head, immediately after the cross-bearer.
Then the priest and a cross-bearer came out and led the whole crowd in a really joyous procession into the church, with the organ thundering welcome.
The only one at the actual murder scene, Edward Grim, was neither a monk nor a man of letters but a visiting cleric who was serving as an ad hoc cross-bearer to the archbishop when the assassins confronted him, and who nearly lost an arm attempting to protect the prelate.