Crosses come in all shapes and sizes. A while ago we invited a group of children to go around our church and photograph the crosses they could find. Some were very obvious – such as the Christus Rex figure behind the altar, and the crucifix above the door.
Others were in more ‘remote’ areas of the church such as the sacristy, church office or social room. The children searched and they found. The results were fascinating.
Crosses were discovered in less obvious places. In stained glass windows, carved in the woodwork, embroidered on vestments and altar frontals.
In addition they found cross shapes. That is shapes that were not intended as crosses but the way objects connected revealed a cross shape.
The Cross is the Christian sign, it is invisibly marked on our forehead at Baptism. We make the sign of the cross on our bodies. We are given palm crosses on Palm Sunday. Many of us have crosses in our homes.
As we enter Passiontide in Lent our thoughts, imagination and prayers turn to the cross of Jesus. Of course it is right that we allow this to happen. Our faith is enriched, and we gain spiritual strength and understanding.
When we look around we begin to see the cross in unusual and unexpected places. The moderator of the Church of Scotland has led an interesting competition for children and adults. He has invited people to look out for crosses in nature, at home or wherever they are in their walks, or homes.
You can see the results in an online gallery. There are a wonderful variety of cross images there, some deliberately made, some found in nature, some very clear, some needing one to look carefully to see.
During the week of 21st to 28th March – the week before Holy Week – this year we are inviting people of St Chrysostom’s and friends to do the same by posting into our Church Facebook Group, using the hashtag #seeingthecross. Look around, you’ll be surprised where you begin to see crosses!