Eighth Day of Lent: Reflections of the Cross

I miscalculated the days, erroneously counting Sunday. Sunday of Lent is a Feast Day and therefore not counted as part of the 40 Lenten Days.

The Jerusalem Cross

Today all over the Holy Land the Jerusalem Cross has come to symbolize Christianity for pilgrims and locals alike. They can be found as souvenirs as well as marking ancient churches and catacombs. As with all symbols, the meaning of the Jerusalem Cross has evolved and multiplied over the centuries. It is a combination of four Tau Crosses, symbolic of the Old Testament, and four Greek Crosses, symbolic of the New Testament.

The Jerusalem Cross is most often associated with Jesus’ commission to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth, that is, the four corners of the world. Additionally the small crosses symbolize the wounds of Christ’s hands and feet, and the larger cross representing the wound to his side. Finally the four small crosses can be interpreted as the four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

One Cross, many meanings.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” (Psalm 122:6)

Prince of Peace we pray for peace: peace in the land we call “Holy”; peace in our own land and peace to the four corners of the earth. We pray too for peace in our hearts; peace that only You can fully give. Amen

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