“WITHOUT the cross there would be no resurrection” and in a couple of weeks’ time we would not be celebrating Easter, the feast of the resurrection, the greatest feast in our Christian Calendar.
As Christians we wear a cross or crucifix to remind us that Christ died for us and it is an outward sign to others of our belief. We do not wear it as a piece of jewellery.
I understand our government will argue at the European Court of Human Rights that the cross or crucifix is not a requirement of our faith and that employers can ban or even sack workers for wearing them at work.
I would like to remind the government that the cross is the greatest sign of our faith, reminding us that Christ died for us and without his death on the cross there would be no Christianity.
On Good Friday Churches Together in Scarborough hold a Walk of Witness, as witness to Christ’s death on a cross, as they have done for a number of years. The number joining the walk is growing year by year – why not join them?
I would also like to invite our own MP to come along and Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg, why don’t you come along and see what the cross means to Christians – ‘without the cross there would be no resurrection’ and no Christianity.
Many churches on Good Friday have the reading of the Passion at 3pm, followed by the veneration of the cross when we have a chance to kiss the cross, as an act of faith acknowledging that Christ died on the cross for us.
Many sportsmen make the sign of the cross on the field of play, other people sign themselves before a meal, often in public.
I bought my wife a crucifix and chain for her 21st birthday and on May 1, God willing, she will have been wearing it for 50 years. At that time she was in Canada working for a Jewish family, and not once did they object to her wearing it, they even made sure she got to Mass on a Sunday.
Mr Cameron, please don’t trivialise our faith in the cross, because without it we wouldn’t have been here for over 2,000 years.