The Cross of Salem
This cross is associated with the papacy but not to be confused with the Papal Cross. More commonly it is connected with freemasonry and the Knights Templar. There is no clear significance of the three bars other than to suggest head, crossbeam and footrest. The number three, of course, alludes to the Trinity, but can also reflect the three crosses on Calvary.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
You call us to bear the cross Lord and we are confused and overwhelmed because it means so much. Guide us that we may walk mercifully so that even when we are overwhelmed we may rest and act in your mercy. In the name of the One who first showed mercy to us, Jesus the Christ. Amen.