Thirty-first Day of Lent: Reflections on the Cross

The Cross Potent

The Cross Potent is also known as the Crutch Cross and the Teutonic Cross. This particular image, like many of the crosses pictured before, is pre-Christian and has been found in Neolithic petroglyphs, dating back to 2500 BC. Potent comes from the French potencee meaning ‘strong.’ Today it is used by Christian and secular organizations in logos and insignia. The Cross Potent was used as a national symbol of the Austrian First Republic, minted on the backside of the Groschen coins. It is currently used in the coats of arms of the Santa Cruz Department in Bolivia, and of the Wingolf Christian student fraternities in Germany, Austria and Estonia.

“…be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.” (Ephesians 6:10)

Prayer:
Your cross Lord is our strength.
May it forevermore remind us that through Your sacrifice, Your giving, Your love, we have all the strength we need to face this day.
Therefore we take courage, Savior and Friend, that we may be strong, even when we are weak, because You bear us up, day by day, moment by moment, step by step:
Lord, our Strength and our Power.
Amen.