Twentieth Day of Lent: Reflections of the Cross

Cross of Calvary

The image of the Cross of Calvary is simple enough: a Latin Cross on three steps. It is most often used today placed on top of communion tables and altar arrangements. It is also known as the Stepped Cross and Graded Cross. The cross gives the image of ascending to or climbing towards Calvary, which is Latin for Golgotha, the Place of a Skull.

“Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; 17 and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.” (John 19:16-17)

All of life we seem to be climbing Lord. Climbing in our careers; climbing in our ambitions; climbing for recognition or for affirmation. Yet you climb Calvary and lay aside all striving. Teach us this day to trust enough to follow; hope enough to submit; and cease all our worldly strivings that we may be at peace. Amen.

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