Variations of this symbol have prehistoric origins and it has been suggested as one of the first symbols of the cross. Pagans used it as veneration of the sun, and therefore it is widely known as the Sun Cross, from which life is dependant. Confusingly, astronomers assign this as the planetary symbol for the earth. In Christian iconography, the sun and cross appear in the Celtic Cross, the Glory Cross, in halos and in communion wafers.
“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)
Arise, we pray, arise in our shadowed hearts, that You may illumine our steps, awaken our imagination, brighten our hopes. Arise O Morning Star that we may enter into the life waiting for us – today, tomorrow and all our days. Amen.