Date: Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM
Marble cross in loving memory of our late Holy Father erected at St Jacob of Serug Syriac Orthodox Monastery, Warburg, Germany
The cross in Eastern Christianity has a complex history with surprizing variety and symbology.
"The Holy Cross has illuminated, and it decorated the sky with stars and showed everything like the sun!" ~ from Ethiopian Orthodox blessing at Meskel
"No longer does the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden, for a marvelous quenching is come upon it, even the Tree of the Cross." ~ from Greek Orthodox Kontakion