Prayers Against Plague Wood Carved Plague Cross Saint Zacharias Blessing Catholic Protection Latin Prayer Cross

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Coop’s Wood Carved Cross with Katrina’s Wood burning of Prayers. The Plague Cross with its prayers against the plague is having a resurgence. 

MEANING: This Plague Cross is developed from Medieval European Textual Amulets.  They could be worn on the body or posted on walls to ward off evil. 

The Black Death gave impetus to hand-production of plague amulets offering divine protection and supernatural healing.

Technological advancements in printing during the 15th century allowed clergy to hand out ‘plague sheets’

Text and symbols in the plague amulet reinforced the promise of saintly intercession against the plague. ‘“Characteres’ interspersed with Latin crosses and configured in cruciform

Z D I A B I Z S A B   H G F B F R S

Medieval liturgical formulas could be abbreviated by giving only the initial letter of each word. At the time this plague amulet was in use, clerics would have recognized the ‘characters’ as a shorthand for the Saint Zacharias Blessing.  Bernhard Sannig (1638–1704), a Franciscan theologian active in Prague, explained the text as a remedy against the plague. The legend was, that Saint Zacharias (d. 116 AD), bishop of Jerusalem, had collected this set of prayers against the plague, which were later written down on parchment as ‘characteres’, preserved in a Spanish monastery and recommended in 1546 at the Council of Trent for their efficacy. 

THE CARVING:

Our carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings.  Each carving begins as a 1 X 12 inch cedar board.  While we use power tools (Scroll Saw, Rotary shaft Tool, handheld detail sanders etc.), we use no laser’s, CNC machines or computer operated cutting machines.  All work is done with our hands and eyes… 

We cut the 2 dimensional blanks with scroll and jig saws (double-sized custom orders have to be cut with jigsaw). Carving is done with rotary shaft tools and disc grinders. The 80 grit sanding is the final phase of the carving process, removing the nicks and gouges from the carving tools, and finishes the shaping of the weave. The next 2 sandings with 120 then 220 grit finishes the smoothing and polishing. They are finished with Clear Danish Oil to seal the piece, bringing out the grain and the color.

 

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The pictures you see here are stock photos. What you get will depend on what we have in stock. If there are no others in stock, the time to shipping will be increased. If you desire and request something (for example) dark, we will pull the darkest board we have, but it will not necessarily be as dark as (for example) walnut would be. Western Red Cedar is the species from which roofing shingles, decks, and gazeboes have traditionally been made. It is resistant to mold, moisture, and insects. The oiling process also helps to block out damaging UV rays of the sun, so our carvings can be hung outdoors. Please be aware, that even with the oiling, the carving will eventually gray out, as any cedar will, if it is placed in direct sunlight.

 SIZE OF THE CARVINGS: The stock carvings are limited by the size of the board that starts the carving process. As the initial piece is 1 in. x 12 in., (in reality 3/4 in. x 11-3/4 in.) one side of the carving will be no greater then approximately 11-1/2 in.