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Church signs unclear on the concept

December 9th, 2007 (12:47 pm)
current mood: bemused

Seen on the sign in front of a church near us: "Hope: The Invisible Cross".

Now, it's true that hope can be a burden, even an instrument of torture—consider the reaction of Princess Kareen, in Barrayar, when she learned that her son was still alive after all—but it's not the sort of thing you expect to see on a church sign.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)

Even reaching down into my Episcopalian upbringing, I can't come up with any positive interpretation of this phrase, unless they mean like a cross one wears as jewelry, to be a talisman of belief.

The Cross is not a good thing. It's not "the comfy chair." That's the whole point -- it was the capstone of torture for Christ, who was somewhat suffering anyway by showing up as Man.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: December 9th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)

The Cross is not a good thing.

Although it's also a symbol of triumph over death, as in the song "Lift High The Cross"; in that view, it offers the hope of heaven. More commonly, though, it's a symbol of a burden, as in "your cross to bear".

I suppose a more literal symbol of triumph over death would be the empty tomb; but a cross is easier to draw.

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: December 10th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)

In a particularly angsty unrequited-love phase of my early adulthood, I was fond of saying that it was no coincidence that Hope was inside Pandora's Box along with the rest of the evils of the world.

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