Mission Cross (Lauterbourg)
The Mission Cross (French: Calvaire ) in Lauterbourg , northern Alsace, is a stone crucifixion group near the Trinity Church in the center of the small town. The present sculpture dates from 1810. It depicts the crucified Jesus , the weeping Mary and Saint Joan of Arc . The mission cross has been protected as a monument since 1932 ( Monument historique ).
The first crucifixion group was made towards the end of the 15th century. It was probably built in 1478 by the local guilds of bakers and butchers. It is possible that the bishop of Speyer, who was subordinate to Lauterburg, initiated the erection of the cross. In 1794 it fell victim to the French Revolution .
According to the inscription on the back of today's cross, the pious Lauterburg citizen Françoise Thieboult had a new cross built in 1810, which was consecrated in the same year by the pastor of the village, Henri Wilhelm Spisser (1750-1824).
On January 15, 1978, a storm severely damaged the sculpture. It was rebuilt on October 29, 1981 and one and a half years later, on July 10, 1983, by the Lauterburg pastor Jean-Claude Reichert, on the day of his primacy in the parish.
The crucifixion group consists of three figures. In the center stands a 180 centimeter high cross on a pedestal, which carries the crucified Savior. He is flanked on his left by a 160 centimeter high figure of Our Lady and on his right by a 170 centimeter high figure depicting the French national heroine Johanna von Orléans.