Fortieth Day of Lent: Reflections on the Cross

Cross of Glory

This cross is fittingly used for Easter. It is a simple Latin Cross with a rising sun placed behind it. Like most every cross examined, this one too has many variations. In many traditions, as the sun rises, Gloria, an ancient Latin doxology, is sung (or spoken). It is perhaps one of the earliest Christian hymns. Sung at daybreak, when light replaces darkness, the rising sun is a reminder of the resurrection of Christ and the anticipation of Christ’s return.

“The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21)

“We adore you O Christ and we praise You, for it is by Your holy cross that You have redeemed the world.” (Stations of the Cross)

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