The Jerusalem cross, also known as Crusaders cross, is a Christian symbol consisting ofa large cross surrounded by four smaller crosses. It is also known as the "Crusaders Cross", because it was placed on the banner givento the Crusaders by Pope Urban II for the First Crusade, and became a symbol of theKingdom of Jerusalem.
The four smaller crossesare said to symbolize either the four books of the Gospel or the fourdirections in which the Word of Christ spread from Jerusalem.Alternatively, all five crosses can symbolize the five wounds of Christ duringhis Passion.
During the Crusades,many soldiers tattooed themselves with a cross on thewrists or hands to show that they wanted to be buried asChristians if they fell in battle.
Pilgrims to the Holy Cityhave also used the cross as a tattoo for centuries in order tocommemorate their journeys. Today, pilgrims choose the tattoodesign that speaks to them spiritually as a symbol of Christs love andan emblem of his Church.
One day on the bus, we were all listening to Usamaspeaking about the Jerusalem Cross tattoos that pilgrims to Jerusalem have gotten, over thecenturies, to commemorate their pilgrimages. Suddenly I was filled with the inspiration to do justthat. It was crazy, because I have NEVER before wanted one. I turned around in my seat andlocked eyes with Kevin and Susanna who were sitting behind me. They had the same inspirationthat I did. We decided that we would look into it when we got to Jerusalem.
Usama and his son, GeorgeWe asked Usama for advice. Usama assured us that he would take us to anestablishment that was reputable and used the highest sanitary standards.On our way to the Christian Quarter in Old Jerusalem, we met Usama’sson, George, who was walking home from school. What a cutie!
Susanna went first,because she knew exactly what she wanted. Besides, she already had one and knew what it wouldfeel like. She thought it would help me if I could watch hers.I was quite nervous, and was afraid that I would get one partially done, and then chicken-outbecause I couldn’t take the pain.
Susanna’s interpretation of the Jerusalem Cross. She used the lily on topbecause Susanna means ‘lily” in Hebrew.
My Jerusalem CrossMy tattoo. I was very pleasantly surprised that the process did nothurt. Maybe I was just excited enough that the extra serotonin in mybrain raised my pain threshold. I don’t know….
Usama Dalou and PatI did it! Can you see the relief on my face?