Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Beautifully Embellished Celtic Cross

Celtic crosses are very interesting because of the way in which they intermingle ancient Celtic symbols, such as the traditional vines and knots which appear on the 'post' of this cross with Christian and Greek imagery and symbols. The Celtic symbols are traditionally interpreted as representing life everlasting.

The IHS in the center of the wheel is the Greek iota-eta-sigma which stands for the name of Christ. The dove represents the Holy Spirit. The PX is again Greek; 'Pax Xristos' meaning Peace of Christ or Christ's peace. The 'A', which looks as though it has wings, is the Alpha/Omega symbol from the Book of Revelation, the biblical book in which Christ names himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last. The six pointed star is often called the star of creation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (528 A.D.) refers to the star which led the Magi to Christ as "the Star of David" meaning "the star of the King of Israel". Also, in the Book of Revelation, Jesus is called the Morning Star (Revelation 2:28; Revelation 22:16).

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