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Purple Cross of St Francis or Tau Cross in Fused Glass

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This is a Tau Cross (or Cross of St. Francis) in white and transparent purple fused glass. The white really stands out against the purple (aka violet). When backlit, the purple glows; when against a solid surface, it is a deep, rich color.

This cross is about 5 1/2 inches tall and 5 inches wide, and is about 1/4 inch thick. I fused a stainless steel loop into the top and added a green, cotton cord for hanging.

While the Tau Cross has ancient origins, St. Francis adopted it as a symbol for his order because it resembles the monks' robe with outstretched arms. It was used prior to that as a symbol of Roman, Greek, and Sumerian gods.

From the Prayer of St. Francis:

make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


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Purple Cross of St Francis or Tau Cross in Fused Glass

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