Mosaic Cross

The Christian cross is used in many different settings; one being the stained glass window of a church. A Mosaic Cross in a necklace, for example, hints of a church setting and helps to 'Christianise' the symbol which might otherwise appear simply as jewellery.

Mosaic Cross

also called the Trononné or Dismembered Cross

Mosaic Cross

Mosaic has two definitions:

• It is a decoration or picture or made from pieces of pieces of inlaid stone, glass, etc., almost invariably in different colours. These pieces and colours are usually arranged arbitrarily, although in some applications, like the pixels you are seeing on your PC or smartphone screen now, each piece has a deliberate colour and position to form a larger picture. This technology is also used to give a mosaic effect on an image of somebody's face, to hide their identity. The word mosaic is used as a noun, adjective or verb.


• The other meaning is always as an adjective and the word is always capitalised. It is used to relate to the prophet Moses (as in Mosaic Law, Mosaic period, Mosaic Judaism, etc.).

Since Moses was born well over 1,000 years before the Cross became a Christian symbol, the former definition is understood when referring to the Mosaic Cross, that is, a cross brightened up with small coloured segments. (See also Rainbow Cross.)

random mosaic pieces

And this leads us to an appealing game for children. As a Sunday school teaching aid, it can show how an artist can move the randomly arranged broken pieces (shown here on the left) and make a beautiful Mosaic Cross (shown at the top of this page). In the same way, Jesus can take the broken pieces of our lives and make us whole. (See Mosaic Cross worksheet)

Although a Mosaic Cross is divided into pieces, the profile is preserved. Just as a rainbow is the sum of all its colours, the human race is the sum of people from all races and beliefs.


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