The cross is a powerful symbol used by Christians throughout the world. You see it in many different places – as jewellery, or on clothing, in art, on buildings, in churches and in people’s own homes.
Why have a cross in your house? The spaces in your home are yours and they represent you and your family. Throughout your house you will have signs and symbols that reflect your life and the things that are important to you. The children are being given a cross this week, as an important gift for this special time in their lives, as they prepare to receive Holy Communion.
What’s it there for? Having a cross in your house shows that the family are Christian and believe in Jesus. It reminds us of how Jesus died for us on a cross but it is also a reminder that Jesus is welcome and present in the home now. When times are tough, we can often feel alone, but having a cross on display is a soothing reminder that we’re not alone. Jesus understands suffering and is there for, and with, us. Seeing the cross up on the wall, and in amongst the business of daily life, can often remind us to pray too. Jesus is with us in our lives and we can pray to him in all we say and do. Where shall we put it? Usually a cross is present in the living room and in the bedrooms. The living room cross is commonly above the door but it can go wherever suits you and your family. You could place a cross on your family prayer table. Having a cross up in your house can seem strange or curious to people who are not Christians. It can provide you with an opportunity to share your faith with others and show them a little more about Jesus.
See you at the Family Day ‘Who do you say I am’ on the 21st January, to discover more about the importance of the Cross