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The Christus Rex

CONCERT SERIESMUSIC MINISTRY
ART PROGRAMSTHE ART OF TRINITYCROSSES OF TRINITY
   

St. Luke - The Ox

St. John - The Eagle

St.  Mark - The Lion

St. Matthew - The Angel
The "CHRISTUS REX"
(Christ the King)

The CHRISTUS REX symbolizes Christ's victory over sin and death and his lordship over all things.  The traditionally ascribed symbols for the four evangelists are depicted at the ends of the cross.

The following is the article that was published in the March 1969 edition of the Trinity Parish at the time the Christus Rex was put in place:

     "Tuesday, February 11th, two men from the Lutheran Ecclesiastical Arts Department in Philadelphia arrived at Trinity Lutheran Church.  When they left that evening, the new Christus Rex was in place in the sanctuary of the church.

     In this day when man is pampered and pleasure loving, the crucifix stands before us to challenge our complacency.  In every way it is the needed witness for our day.  The ultimate test of Christian faith is the ability to face the crucified Lord in all His agonizing reality and cry out, 'Thou art the King of Glory.'

     The suggestion that a cross without the figure of Christ is Protestant as compared with a Roman Catholic crucifix, or that the crucifixion represents Christ defeated in His passion while the empty cross in the Easter cross of triumph are myths.  Luther at the time of the Reformation retained the crucifix in the Lutheran Church.  Only in America, where Lutheranism came under the influence of Calvinism, was the plain cross used.

     The Christus Rex is the perfect symbol for a Christ-centered church like the Lutheran Church.  We preach Christ and Him crucified but do not dwell on His agony or suffering; rather, that He is our living, reigning Lord of all.

    The remodeling is not finished.  The altar has been moved forward and on Communion Sundays, the Pastor will face the congregation, thus allowing the people to follow the liturgical action of the service.  In the near future, new lighting will be installed - maybe by the time this reaches your home.  Flower stands will be added on each side of the altar, and the place on which the altar stands will be enlarged.  Hopefully, by Easter, everything will be finished and the Lindenberger Memorial which made all this possible will be completed.

    Mrs. Flossie Lindenberger, who is the one being remembered by this memorial, was a member of the building committee when the church was erected.  She and her husband gave the cross and candlesticks on the altar.  Therefore, it is very appropriate that this remodeling is being done in her memory."

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