Friday, 1 March 2013

The Pain and Colour of the Cross

With Easter fast approaching, here's an idea you may not have thought of.

Reading up on Oscar Romero recently, I came across something profound and beautiful that was completely new to me: the Salvadoran Cross.

Its origins lies in the 1960s and 70s, when people fled the brutal persecutions in El Salvador and lived in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. Here they tried to reconcile their pain and horror with their deeply-held Christian faith. What they came up with was very practical: to think of all the things that brought hope and meaning to their lives (children, a sunrise, bible stories, their village, etc) and to paint them in vivid colours on to wooden crosses.

The results are not only strikingly beautiful, they are also a moving expression of the message of Easter: pain, sorrow, hope, devotion and worship meet in the cross of Jesus Christ.

The link above gives some examples and even a template which you can use to design your own Salvadoran Cross. Now there's a different kind of Easter meditation!

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