Thirty-second Day of Lent

Moline Cross

The term Moline (Millrine or Millrind) comes from the Latin molere ‘to grind’ and molinum ‘mill’. This is because the shape of this cross is similar to the iron bar that supports or secures a millstone. Occasionally the cross is called a Millstone Cross or Miller’s Cross. The Moline Cross is largely found in heraldry or ornamentation. Still, the four double-tipped arms create eight points which remind us of the eight beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Because of the curved tips, some have compared it to the Anchor Cross and the Fisherman’s Cross.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

You Lord, You are the Compassionate One; You are the Shepherd Who Guides; You are the Friend who knows.
You Lord, You are the One who bears our shame; who binds our wounds; who takes away our sin.
You Lord, You are the One known as gentle and merciful.
You Lord, You are Blessed, and have called us to be so too.

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