Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
Our Communion Rail kneeling cushions were made by the members of St. Dunstan’s, the one above is the JERUSALEM CROSS and was stitched by Jeanette Michel.
There Jerusalem Cross is a composed of four Tau Crosses, joined at their bases by four Greek Crosses. The combination of the Tau and the Greek crosses symbolizes the completion of the Old Testament law with the sacrifice of Jesus. The cross was first used on the coat of arms of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and was symbolic of the five wounds of Jesus: two in His hands; two in His feet; and one in His side.
In later centuries, missionaries adopted this cross and it stood for taking the Gospel of Jesus to the four corners of the world. It is also the called the Crusaders Cross and was worn by Godfrey de Bouillon, first ruler of Jerusalem after the liberation from the Muslims in 1087.
As we continue in this series I want to welcome you to the Holy Season of Lent and share a few thoughts with you:
Take this time and make it Holy, make it yours as a living part of the Christian Community. Make time for SILENCE—no chatter or noise, sit and put yourself in the active Presence of the Holy One, let your heartbeat be your prayer. No background music (sacred or otherwise), no books, no Bible, just you and the Holy One together. Don’t be afraid of this—the One Who loves you more than anyone else wants to touch you, be open and say YES!
See you next week,
bro. John, O.C.P.