These wooden wall crosses are great for home, office, or church. We use one for our own home devotional corner. These crosses are made in my Arkansas wood shop where we make the Conciliar Press literature racks. We use solid lumber, stained and finished with lacquer. Our crosses are made from red oak, walnut, cherry, western red cedar, alder and Brazilian redwood.
If your church wants to obtain a selection of these crosses at a discount for your parish bookstore, please contact me for details. Contact Us Also, we occasionally entertain special orders.
We would love to share these beautifully crafted crosses with you and your family. This is an intensive, hand craft operation. Each piece is cut to size, sanded, then assembled. Each smooth 3-bar cross has 48 edges to sand. Each rounded 3-bar cross has 62 sanded surfaces. Then the finish is applied and then sanded again. Two more coats of finish are applied. This is intensive work but the finished crosses are beautiful and we are happy to share them with you.
The Budded Cross
A budded cross is generally a Latin cross with each end cap consisting of a three pronged bud. This end cap is often a fleur de lis design. Sometimes the end cap is a three-leaf clover end cap. In a Christian context, these end caps must contain three prongs or element because they are used to represent the Holy Trinity or Godhead. However, a cross with three circles or discs on each arm was probably copied from earlier Celtic Druidry, where the circles or rings represent the three dominions of earth, sky, and sea. Some go so far as to use these three buds to represent the great bible virtues in 1 Cor. 13, "Faith, Hope, Love; The greatest of these is love." The three buds as end caps is where the reference of Trefoil or Treflée come into play representing the symbolism of three.
Other Christian symbolism for the Budded Cross remind us of Aaron's staff that budded (see Num. 17) and was preserved in the Ark of the Covenant, showing that life can emerge from death and renewed life from difficult circumstances. Or like the buds of a flower representing a journey of growth in faith where there is no guarantee that the buds will bloom but we have faith that they will; flowers growing but not yet in bloom. The faith is rewarded with a beautiful flower.
There are several names for this cross, depending on the interpretation. These include Budded, Apostles', Disciples', or Cathedral Cross, all implying a religious theme, and Treflée or Botonée in a heraldic context. The name Apostles' Cross comes from the four arms, each with three buds, with one bud for each of the twelve budding Christian apostles. The bible frequently refers to the Apostles as disciples so it also is called a Disciples' Cross.
The Eastern Orthodox Cross
The Eastern Orthodox Cross has three cross beams and is distinctly different from other Christian crosses. It is also known as the Byzantine, Greek Orthodox, Macedonian, Russian, Slavic, Slavonic or Ukraine Cross. The deep symbolism and the tradition of icons was preserved from Byzantium through the Christian Empire it created in Russia. Byzantium was the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire, later renamed Constantinople and currently Istanbul. The culture of the area is a rich mixture of different traditions of iconography.
In the Russian Orthodox Church, the most common form of the Cross is this so-called three-bar Cross. These consist of the usual crossbeam, to which the hands of Jesus were nailed. The top beam, a shorter crossbeam above, represents the plaque bearing Pontius Pilate's inscription, in Hebrew, Latin and Greek, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews" (INRI) (John 19:19). The Latin for such a plaque is titulus which gives the name for this form: Titulus Cross. The upper beam rarely has any inscription; it is just symbolic of a titulus.
Another is the slanted crossbeam below, a foot-support (suppedaneum), to which His precious feet were nailed. The purpose of the suppedaneum was to support the weight of the body. We do not know for sure whether such a device existed on Jesus' cross. The suppedaneum on crosses of the Greek Orthodox Church and Ukrainian Catholic Church is invariably horizontal, whereas on other Eastern crosses it is usually slanted.
A popular interpretation for the slanted suppedaneum is that it points upward to Paradise for the good thief, St. Dismas, on Jesus' right, who would ascend to heaven having accepted Christ, and downward to Hell for the Thief on His left (Luke 23) who mocked Jesus. With this, the Cross is the starting point for Man's relationship with our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ; It is not a balance-scale of justice as seen in western Christian interpretations.
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