The Modern Coptic Cross
The modern Coptic Cross is a progression from the original design. Today it is the cross used by the Coptic Church around the world but especially in Ethiopia. It is made up of two intersecting bold lines and at the end of each arm are three points, symbolizing the Trinity. Added together there are 12 points, symbolizing the Apostles and their mission to the world. Some Copts have the cross tattooed on the inside of their arms and is worn as a symbol of pride and identity.
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.” (Song of Solomon 8:6)
Today we arise marked as Your children.
Today we work, marked as Your holy ones.
Today we love and are loved, marked by Your care.
And as we enter our rest, remind us Lord that not only are we marked, but You have set us as a seal upon Your heart, through Jesus the Christ, Your Son and our Savior. Amen.