New! Traditional Trinity St. Benedict Crucifix with Miraculous Medal, 10 inch
A new Benedictine crucifix in the collection, traditional classic design.
Do you want another size? 8 inch or 14-inch Benedictine Cross
Background of the Trinity Benedict Crucifix
In Chapter 9 of the Rule of St. Benedict, the Trinity was acknowledged. In fact, reading the entire Rule, it was only in this chapter that he mentioned it.
He said that every monk must show reverence and honor to the Trinity as soon as they hear the Doxology, specifically instructing them to rise up from their seats.
In the actual practice of the Liturgy of the Hours, one notices the deep reverence of the Benedictine monks in honoring the Trinity with a “waist-down” bow or a profound bow upon hearing “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.”
Standing up is showing more reverence because it is a gesture of respect, reflecting a willingness to serve the Trinity. In the same way, when the Gospel is read, we stand up. This bodily gesture indicates our alertness to listen to the Gospel and act on what we heard.
The honor and reverence to the Trinity can be applied to how we will view someone who needs healing: physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. St. Benedict, in his Rule, explained how we must respect the sick in our midst, giving them the esteem and awe that we give to God.
Why does St. Benedict treat the infirmed this way?
St. Benedict knew that where there are sick people, there is God. And, God is always the Trinity. Thus, when you visit the sick and care for the sick, you care and show love to the Trinity.
St. Benedict writes about the Trinity once in the Rule, but in the Divine Office, the actual praises to the TRINITY, also called the Doxology overflow in each psalm reading. In other words, St. Benedict ends the psalms with praises to the Trinity each time.
The Trinity is also about the relationship of God the Father, with Son (Jesus) and with the Holy Spirit. In this way, the Benedictine life is always a Trinitarian pursuit. In fact, monks practices “work, prayer and study” as their daily pursuit, a Trinitarian model.
What to Expect with the Trinity St. Benedict Crucifix?
- Wall and table display options
- Exorcised salt inserted inside the cross.
- Made of exotic solid wood (see the article on the biblical references about wood and the cross)
- A medal of Our Lady of the Undoer of Knots or Miraculous Medal, or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, embedded at the bottom of the cross (biblical significance of Mary, Queen at the foot of the Cross, based on Canticle of Zechariah)
- Trinitarian, Celtic and Marian designs
- Perpetual Enrollment in the Cross of St. Benedict Society, which means, your intentions are included in our daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Masses and rosary.
- Certificate of Authencity papers with embossed stamp seal, identification to show that this is an original handcraftmanship of Oblate Patrick Campbell
- A prophecy scroll, that is, a Scripture verse to inspire the recipient in their current state of life.
- Spriitual warfare kit included
- Sturdy family heirloom that could be passed on from one generation to the next, re-finishing available at cost.
- Touched to the First Class Relic of the True Cross, thus the heart, after purchased, becomes a 3rd class relic.
About this cross:
The Trinity Benedictine Crucifix is a commissioned project by a lay consecrated lady, who made private vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. She requested a simple cross to reflect her state of life. She had her solemn vows on Divine Mercy Sunday. Appreciating the traditional straight-cut design of the cross, she ordered the first edition. She wanted it to reflect her mystical marriage to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Once, she received the cross, our Lord asked her to surrender this beautiful cross to a loved one who is getting married. She, recently re-ordered this crucifix and another Trinity Celtic St. Benedict Crucifix with the Divine Mercy medal as a constant reminder of her vows on this special day of mercy.
Now, we are making this design available to the public.
Biblical Significance of Wood
Biblical Significance of a Wooden Cross
When we hear the word “tree” in the bible, the Jews refers to the cross of Christ because wood comes from the tree.
In article that Fr. Stan Smolenski wrote in the National Catholic Register entitled “Kingstree, SC: A Privileged Name for a Privileged Place”, he noted 3 biblical accounts of the use of the word “tree” to refer to the cross of Christ.
(1) Acts 5:30 gives the apostle Peter’s reply to the high priest, “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.”
(2) Peter says something similar when speaking to Cornelius in Acts 10:39: “They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.”
(3) Paul the Apostle uses the same terms in Antioch: “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb”
(4) (Acts 13:29). Paul makes the same reference in Galatians 3:13: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree.’”
God chose wood as important element in our salvation history. We lost paradise through the “forbidden tree” and gained heaven through the “tree of life”.
The devil conquered Adam and Eve, with the fruit of the forbidden tree while the New Adam and the New Eve conquered the devil with the Cross, the fruit of the tree of life.
The fruit of the forbidden tree is the apple, which became the source of the great temptation. The fruit of the tree of life is the cross, where Jesus died, which became the source of our redemption.
While Eve stood beside Adam in the fall of mankind, our Blessed Mother, stood with the “King” in Calvary as the Queen of all creation. “Rejoice, O Sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings, you shine forth as Queen enthroned beside your Son.” (Canticle of Zechariah)
Thus, wood is not just an ordinary material. If one meditates on this, one can find that there is a significant reason why we need to use “wood” in the crosses that we used as a sacramental. It is biblical. And, wood has a huge part in our salvation. God did not use wood as an accident. Wood is part of the Divine story of our salvation, therefore, we need to ponder on the power of a wooden cross to defeat the devil.