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High in the sanctuary is the Rood Group. Rood is an old English word for cross.  Above hangs the great wooden crucifix; below the crucified Jesus stand His Blessed Mother and His faithful apostle and friend, St. John.  It portrays the scene of Christ's death on Calvary.

All three figures are from the original reredos, or ornamental screen, that rose above the altar prior to the Cathedral renovation completed in 1982. During the restoration project begun in 2015, the Rood Group was restored and gilded and repositioned further back in the sanctuary behind the main altar.    

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