Colum Cille Pectoral Cross
Above left: 14 Karat Gold with Iona
Sterling silver, shown with Iona
Larger Celtic Pectoral Cross
(C) Copyright Stephen Walker 2002
Cross SW361 3.75 inch (without
Carved both sides Sterling Silver
Stones available are Amethyst (shown), Iona Marble, Iona Bloodstone, Connemara Marble, Garnet.
Other Celtic Crosses
Colum Cille Cross Symbolism
To the early Christians the cross was a symbol of salvation and victory rather than a symbol of shame and torture. The circle that is characteristic of Celtic crosses is a symbol of eternity. Like God, the circle has no beginning or end. Celtic interlace knotwork is also symbolic of eternity as it is also unending. The weaving and repeated crossings of the strand of the knots are symbolic of the weaving together the spiritual and physical paths of our lives.
One side of the cross is decorated with Celtic interlace ornament. The triangular "triquetra" knots are trinity symbols of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three lobed spirals and the three knots in a single unending strand at the bottom are also symbols of the Holy Trinity. The knot at the top of the cross is a triquetra interlaced with a knot from above and symbolizes the union of Heaven and Earth that is Gods gift to mankind in Christs sacrifice and triumph over death.
Colum Cille [Kal um kill] is the Gaelic name for Saint Columba. Colum Cille translates to "Dove of the Church". Colum Cille was a 6th century missionary who left Ireland to bring the Gospel to Dalriada and the Picts of Northern and Western Scotland.
Colum Cilles main base was the Island of Iona. The stone set in the center of the cross is cut and polished from a pebble from Iona. Iona remains a religious center 1400 years after Columbas rustic monastery was established. The doves are symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Columbas Gaelic nickname also was the Dove and actual doves still live at the Abbey on Iona as they have for centuries.
At the last supper Our Lord said, "I am the vine, you are the branches." This mystery is recalled symbolically on the shaft of the cross were the Tree of Life is carved growing out of the a communion chalice. There are twelve leaves on the vine that symbolize the twelve apostles.
The Colum Cille cross is an original Celtic design, (c) copyright by Stephen Walker 1996.
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