This 4 Gospels Celtic cross is a wonderful representation of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Its design contains masterfully crafted swirls and seaming weaves that appear to go on forever in the Celtic tradition.
This cross is a handcrafted marvel with the intricately designed centerpiece completing a timeless tribute. It comes with an equally beautiful delicate chain in silver, 10k gold and 14k gold.
For Christians, the Cross symbolises the love God has for us and is a reminder of the sacrifice made by Jesus. It was not unusual for the Celts to symbolise the 4 Gospels in their crosses as is seen by the Durrow High Cross. This 8th century Celtic cross is found in Offaly and depicts Jesus in majesty as he is surrounded by the Lamb of God and angels.
There are also a host of biblical scenes along with four spiralling bosses and four Celtic knots which many experts believe are a representation of the Four Gospels, much like our handcrafted cross offering.
Christianity reached Britain by the 3rd century and spread through Ireland some 200 years later. The Celts in Britain and Ireland that embraced Christianity left behind a stunning legacy of art which can be seen through various jewellery and monuments.
Interestingly, there are four Pan-Celtic traditions common to churches in Ireland and Britain but not in other Christian nations:
Easter Calculation: Irish and British churches used a computus (method of dating Easter) that was quite distinct to what was used on the continent. However, such churches moved with the times by the 6th and 7th centuries.
Monastic Tonsure: This is a method of cutting hair and was different in Ireland where monks wore longish hair. Their Roman counterparts shaved a circle on the top of the head to leave a halo of hair.
Peregrinatio: This is a Latin term for a period of living away from home. In Ireland, there were two forms of Peregrinatio; leaving Ireland for good or temporary exile.
Penitentials: Celtic Penitential involved confession and penance were made privately. This differed from Europe where penance was a public ritual. The Irish version spread throughout Europe and was the norm by the early 13th century.
Whether you are a student of history and Christianity and wish to wear this 4 Gospels Celtic Cross as a reminder of your faith or else you appreciate hand-crafted jewellery, this offering makes the ideal gift.