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The Jerusalem Cross

Jerusalem Cross

This Christmas, 206 Tours sent our Priests & partners aprons embroidered with the Jerusalem Cross as a special gift. The Cross holds special significance to the Holy Land – it’s elaborate design is similar to the Greek Cross, Celtic Cross, Latin Cross, etc. The design is made up of five crosses; 1 large cross, and four smaller crosses placed symmetrically within the corners of the large cross, like shown below. The large cross symbolizes Jesus Christ. The meaning of the four small crosses has been debated throughout history. Some believe they represent the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Others say they represent the four corners of Earth, to which Jesus instructed His disciples to spread and proclaim His word. Another explanation says the crosses match the wounds sustained by Jesus during His passion – the four small crosses being the nails in His hands and feet, and the large cross His pierced heart.

Those devoted to Jerusalem or the Holy Land may wear the Jerusalem Cross as a sign of their love and faith. It’s also largely worn by those individuals, organizations, and workers whose mission it is to preserve Christianity in Jerusalem. To this day, the cross remains a symbol of Jerusalem for Christians and became the emblem of the esteemed Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, to which Milanka and Charles are members holding the title of the “Grand Cross”

Pilgrims who visit the Holy Land will likely see the Cross all over the city of Jerusalem.

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