49cm Unity Cross – Authentic African Carving

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49cm Unity Cross – Authentic African Carving

Regular Price R2100,00

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Description

Beautiful carving

49cm tall 18cm wide x 5 cm depth (may vary slightly as each piece is hand carved)  Standing

Authentic African Art

THE UNITY CROSS IN SCHOENSTATT

“Standing by the cross of Jesus was his mother,” says John the Evangelist.  The symbolic representation that the author, Father Ángel Vicente Cerró took of an old picture of the German abbey of Maria Laach –  shows her close to her crucified son, gathering the blood from his side in a chalice.  In Father Kentenich’s words, “She is ‘the permanent Helpmate and Companion in his mission to redeem mankind’ ”. (Fr. Benjamin Pereira, The Unity Cross Comes to the Original Shrine, p.7)

 

The Unity Cross has become one of the most characteristic symbols of the Schoenstatt Movement.  Three symbols can be seen on it:  the image of Christ, the image of Mary and the Father Symbol.  The Unity Cross expresses the bi-unity that Schoenstatt wants to proclaim:  Christ is inseparable from Mary and Mary is inseparable from Christ.  The Father Symbol at the cusp of the cross illuminates everything:  Christ and Mary rest in the Father, in the cross that the Father has determined in his plan of love, as the way of redemption.  Moreover, Christ and Mary have a unique posture:  they are alive and they are mutually looking at one another in a profound dialogue of Mother and Son.  The blood that Mary gathers with his chalice emanates from Christ’s side.  The fact that they are alive is not only symbolic; rather, it further makes a truth of faith evident:  On the cross, Christ and Mary, as well as in reality, are presently alive in a glorious body.

The Unity Cross is the image itself of the ‘Christ of attachments’, whose most profound desire is that “all may be one,” as He and the Father are one.  It shows Christ, the Son, deeply and intimately attached to Mary his Mother, permanent Helpmate and Companion in his mission to redeem mankind.  It is the Christ of Unity, in the strength of his sacrifice and giving of self, extending his arms widely, uniting heaven with earth and earth with heaven.

Why was the “Unity Cross” designed?

This cross was conceived as a symbol of the first generation of Chilean priests, who studied in Brazil and Switzerland.  Between 1958 and 1959, when the first Pallottine seminarians were about to be ordained as priests, they wanted to give something to the Shrine of Bellavista, which had given birth to and nurtured their faith, a cross that would express the image of the “priestly Christ.”  This is how the idea emerged to represent Christ in the “Christ of Attachments”, that is the power of the Holy Spirit which is profoundly and intimately attached to the Father as a Son, and also to Mary, his Mother as permanent Helpmate and Companion in his mission to redeem mankind.  It is the “Christ of Unity” who unites heaven and earth; it is “Christ, the Good Shepherd” who, reflecting the Father’s love unites man with God and man with fellowman making them sons and daughters of the same Father. (Fr. Benjamin Pereira, The Unity Cross Comes to the Original Shrine, p.7). The original cross is a Trinitarian Cross: as well as the symbols of the Father and the Son, the background is red, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.

On the back of the cross there are three phrases in Latin that express ideals and reality:

“Unum in sanguine”:  One in the blood (of Christ)

“Tua res agitur”:  It is your redeeming task.

“Clarifica te”: Glorify yourself (in our smallness and helplessness) (Ibid)

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