From the beginning of Christianity, believers were using the sign of the cross as a means of protection against evil. Crosses were commonly placed on walls, over doorways, and above beds in Christian homes to safeguard the family. Of course, it is not the piece of wood, nor the gesture of making the sign of the cross with our hands, that has supernatural powers; rather it is our faith that saves us. The cross is a powerful reminder to depend on God when we are being tempted.
The most common architectural shape for a church building is that of a cross. Churches have crosses on the apex of their roofs, on top of their steeples, or crowning their domes. There is a cross on the wall of the sanctuary, on the altar, or hanging from the ceiling. The cross is central to the Church not because it merely symbolizes the Christian faith, but because all churches stand at the “crossroads.” The church is the meeting place where people learn about the “old paths, where the good way is,” are instructed how to “walk in it,” and “find rest for their souls.” In other words, the church and the cross is where we determine the course of our lives and are reminded of the commitments we’ve already made.
The cross is also used as an expression of blessing. Throughout the Bible, people prayed using various physical gestures: uplifted hands, laying hands on another, prostrations, and more. Today, many people fold their hands when they pray-although it is not a posture found in the Bible for prayer. Similarly, making the sign of the cross with one’s hand is not found in the Bible, but it has traditionally been used as a gesture to ask for God’s grace upon oneself, to give a blessing to another, or to consecrate something or someone for a sacred purpose.
If you are religious, Christian or appreciate the sacred meaning of the cross this pendant is a beautiful symbol of your faith. It’s handmade from sterling 925 silver and has darker areas to increase shadow, making it a gothic piece. The measurements are as follows:
The piece will be sent with an adjustable black cotton strap, but it looks great with a silver chain.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!