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Olive Wood Jerusalem Cross Crucifix with 4 Vials 25cm 10

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This ''Jerusalem Cross" Crucifix'' is handmade in Bethlehem by Christian artisans, out of the finest olive wood available (see below for an explanation about olive wood). The detailed Corpus is made out of pewter. 

Making this Crucifix even more special than usual, are the 4 glass capsules or vials that are situated at each corner of the cross. These contain frankincense, earth from Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, dried leaves from and olive tree that grows in the Bethlehem region and dried rose petals. It thereby brings ''the essence of the Holy Land'' into your home. 

This beautiful crucifix is made for hanging. It is a perfect gift for many occasions, such as for a Christening, First Communion, Confirmation, House Blessing, Marriage, Gifts for Clergy members and teachers, Easter, Christmas and is destined to become a treasured heirloom. 

Please note that each one is unique, since no piece of olive wood is the same. 

''The wood from the Tree of Life, those who grasp it will experience eternal Happiness...'' Proverbs 3:18 

Dimensions of cross: 25 cm x 19 cm x 1.5 cm 10 '' x 7.5 '' x .5'' 

Dimensions of the Corpus (Jesus) 9.5 cm x 8 cm x 1 cm 3.75''x 3.5 '' x .5 

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The Jerusalem cross, is also known as the Crusaders' cross, and it is an heraldic cross or Christian symbol consisting of a large Greek cross surrounded by four smaller Greek crosses, one in each quadrant. 

The simpler form of the cross is known as the "Crusaders' Cross", because it was on the papal banner given to the Crusaders by Pope Urban II for the First Crusade, and was a symbol of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The four smaller crosses are said to symbolize either the four books of the Gospel or the four directions in which the Word of Christ spread from Jerusalem through the four evangelists (Mathew, mark, Luke, and John). 
Another opinion is that the five crosses symbolize the five wounds of Christ during the Passion, or the Pentateuch and, possibly, the first five Christian Churches.

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