Pope Francis Gifts Two Fragments From The Cross Jesus Christ Was Crucified On To King Charles So They Can Lead The New Monarch’s Coronation Procession

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King Charles has been given two pieces of the cross that Jesus was crucified on by Pope Francis so they might lead the coronation procession of the next king.

Pope Francis presented Charles with two pieces of the True Cross, which is thought to be the cross that was used in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, to commemorate the coronation.

The tiny pieces have been combined into the Cross of Wales, which will be carried into Westminster Abbey on May 6 in front of millions of people.

The Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, will bless the Cross of Wales during a service at Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno, North Wales, on July 1 on Wednesday before it heads to London. The Cross of Wales is a gift from the Monarch to the Church in Wales to commemorate its centennial.

The cross will be distributed amongst the Welsh Catholic and Anglican churches after its return.

The Welsh words “Byddwch lawen” are etched on the back of the cross and come from Saint. David’s final sermon. Cadwch y ffydd. Gwnewch y Pethau Bychain’, translated as: ‘Be joyful. Keep the faith. Do the little things.’

The King personally attached the Royal Mark, a leopard’s head, on the silver components of the cross in November 2022 while visiting The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

Archbishop Andrew said: ‘We are honoured that His Majesty has chosen to mark our centenary with a cross that is both beautiful and symbolic.

‘Its design speaks to our Christian faith, our heritage, our resources and our commitment to sustainability.

‘We are delighted too that its first use will be to guide Their Majesties into Westminster Abbey at the Coronation Service.’

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff and Bishop of Menevia, Mark O’Toole, said: ‘With a sense of deep joy we embrace this cross, kindly given by King Charles, and containing a relic of the True Cross, generously gifted by the Holy See.

‘It is not only a sign of the deep Christian roots of our nation but will, I am sure, encourage us all to model our lives on the love given by our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

‘We look forward to honouring it, not only in the various celebrations that are planned, but also in the dignified setting in which it will find a permanent home.’

Designer and maker Michael Lloyd said: ‘The commission has allowed me to delve into the previous 1,000 years of faith and history. Now, with more than 267 thousand hammer blows, the cross has emerged from the inanimate sheets of silver, and I am delighted it will be used as part of the Coronation Service on 6th May.’

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