The term "crucifer" comes from the Latincrux (cross) and ferre (to bear, carry). It thus literally means "cross-bearer". Before the Roman Catholic reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the function of the crucifer was carried out by a subdeacon.
Brooklyn Museum - Double-Sided Processional Cross - Master of Monte del Lago
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