Seventh Day of Lent: Reflections on the Cross

The Passion Cross

The Passion Cross is distinguished by the pointed ends on the arms. It is also known as the Cross of Suffering, Cross Urdee, or the Cross Champain. It is often used as a symbol for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. Coupled with a chalice, the Passion Cross is symbolic of the agony of Gethsemane.

Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday where we remember not only Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but the suffering he would face. It was a necessary journey that Jesus made alone, yet we too are called to deny self, pick up the cross and follow.

“O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39)

God of Gethsemane who weeps over our brokenness, look up our own tears and grant to us the fortitude to face our days of trial and temptation. And when we fall, we look to you for mercy and restoration. Amen.

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