The Eighteenth Day of Lent: Reflections on the Cross

The Papal Cross

Since Roman Catholics will soon be electing a new Pope it seems timely to introduce to the blog the Papal Cross. This cross is the official emblem of the papal office and for Catholics is to be used only by the Pope. It is the same as a standard cross shape but with three horizontal arms, which decrease in length the higher up the cross they are. The three bars represent the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Three Divine Persons of the One God.

“… whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:43-44)

May we strive not for greatness, Lord, but to serve. For it is in serving our friend and enemy; our neighbor and the stranger, that we truly enter into the sacred journey to pick up the cross and follow you. Amen.

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