What is a prayer cross?
A prayer cross is a simple pendant
that is usually worn around the neck in the form of a necklace. They feature the cross of Christ, and a prayer inscribed with miniature writing. The most common prayer found on a prayer cross is the Lord’s Prayer. Catholic variations of the prayer cross are crucifix pendants (which depict Christ dying on the cross) and rosary bead necklaces with crucifix pendants. It’s possible to buy prayer crosses for both men and women (male pendants tend to be more substantial in size). Prayer crosses come in different styles – many are made out of silver or gold, or can also be carved from wood. There are also Celtic prayer crosses (a cross with a circle connecting the beams, symbolizing the everlasting nature of divine love), prayer rings, and prayer cross earrings.
The advantages of a prayer cross necklace
It provides a focus for prayer. One of the great benefits of having something physical that we can hold or gaze on is that it helps us to block out distractions – whether this be the immediate environment that we are in, or events of the day that may be going on through our minds.
A holy prayer cross is small and portable, and can be easily worn most of the time. One only needs to see it to be reminded of faith in God.