Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gifted cross

The San Damiano Cross is the large Romanesque rood cross that St. Francis of Assisi was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross presently hangs in the Basilica of Saint Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara) in Assisi. Franciscans cherish this cross as the symbol of their mission from God. The cross is of a type sometimes called an icon cross because besides the main figure it contains images of other saints and people related to the incident of Christ's crucifixion. 
This cross was gifted to our discerning community by the Franciscan friars, Brothers Max and Robert.  It hangs in one of the two homes the community members share.


  1. Hi Fr. Marc, I had the privelege to go to Italy when I was single and I visited the church in Asisi and was happy to take home one of the smaller San Domiano Crucifix that is in my room. I am so grateful to the Lord for that trip to Asisi! Many blessings to you, Fr. Marc!

  2. Our parish has one of these that travels around the parish, each Sunday it is returned and presented to a different family to pray over at home for the week.