Cross (Ionic/Celtic)

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download. Color .jpeg image for download.

Description of Celtic (Ionic) Cross

The Celtic Cross, also known as the Cross of Iona, is known for its patterned bas-relief designs and has the characteristic circle behind the cross. To the ancient Celts the circle represented the sun, the light of the world; but it is suggested that in the sixth century the Irish missionary Columba, who eventually established a church on the island of Iona, pointed them to a new meaning -- God's eternity and the eternal presence of Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. The promise of eternal life is extended to all and proclaimed through the word. 

Scripture References

  • Psalm 25:4-5
  • John 6:68-69

Occasions for Use

  • Proclaiming the Word
  • Lent
  • Easter
  • Pentecost

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."

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