Jerusalem Cross-Crusaders’ Cross- Five Fold Cross - Heraldic Christian Symbol

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Jerusalem Cross by Signs of Spirit, Inspired Wood Carvings

MEANING: 

The Jerusalem cross, is a heraldic cross consisting of a large Cross Potent with a smaller plain cross in each quadrant.  

It is known as the Crusader’ Cross as it began as a heraldic cross worn on the coat of arms of Godfrey of Bouillon during the First Crusade.  It was used as the heraldry of the supreme ruler of the Crusader States known as the King of Jerusalem for about two centuries.

When known as the Five-Fold Cross the symbolism varies from representing the five wounds of Christ (small crosses for the hands and feet, and the large central cross for the spear wound in His side), Christ and the four quarters of the world, or Christ and the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).

The Jerusalem Cross has also been accepted to be an unofficial symbol of Christian Deism. Deism is a theological position (though encompassing a wide variety of view-points) concerning God's relationship with the natural world. It refers to a deist who believes in the moral teachings—but not divinity—of Jesus. The Jerusalem Cross contains memory helps that point to twenty words that paraphrase the statements that Jesus used to describe the essence of his message. The 20 words are: "There is one God. I will love God with all my heart and love all others as I love myself." See Mark 12:28-31 and Luke 10:25-28 for two versions of Jesus' original statements.

THE CARVING:

Our carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings.  Each piece is finished with a blend of clear oils that brings out the natural color of the wood.  For more information on the process of creation, please see my profile.

 

SIZE:

One picture has the piece on a quilting board, lined up on the 1 inch marks. So subtract 1 inch from the height and width for the stock size. Measurements may vary slightly from piece to piece.  This one is about 11 inches by 11 inches.

 

The pictures you see here are stock photos. What you get will depend on what we have in stock. If there are no others in stock, the time to shipping will be increased. If you desire and request something (for example) dark, we will pull the darkest board we have, but it will not necessarily be as dark as (for example) walnut would be. Western Red Cedar is the species from which roofing shingles, decks, and gazeboes have traditionally been made. It is resistant to mold, moisture, and insects. The oiling process also helps to block out damaging UV rays of the sun, so our carvings can be hung outdoors. Please be aware, that even with the oiling, the carving will eventually gray out, as any cedar will, if it is placed in direct sunlight.

 SIZE OF THE CARVINGS: The stock carvings are limited by the size of the board that starts the carving process. As the initial piece is 1 in. x 12 in., (in reality 3/4 in. x 11-3/4 in.) one side of the carving will be no greater then approximately 11-1/2 in.