crucifer n : any of various plants of the family Cruciferae [syn: cruciferous plant]
A crucifer is, in some Christian churches (particularly the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, as well as on occasions such as Lent and/or Easter, Lutherans), a person appointed to carry the church's processional cross, a cross or crucifix with a long staff, during processions at the beginning and end of the service.
The term "crucifer" comes from the Latin crux (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.
- Catholic Encyclopedia: "Cross-Bearer"
crucifer in Dutch: Croceferarius