These handheld prayer crosses fit into the hand as an aid for prayer, are made from locally sourced olive wood and crafted by Christian artisans in the Bethlehem area.
You can hold on to it during prayers or keep it in your pocket as a comfortable reminder to “hold fast to the faith we profess” (Hebrews 4:14).
Tradition has it that early Christians who were persecuted by the Romans and unable to outwardly display their faith, would hide these crosses in their garments as a constant comfort and reminder in times of trial and difficulty.
The cross is the ultimate symbol of Christian faith, communicating the sacrificial love of God. The cross Jesus died on was an instrument of torture used by the Romans occupying the first-century Holy Land. According to the New Testament, Jesus’ death and resurrection made it possible for us to receive forgiveness of our sins and reconciliation with God (Romans 5:8). The cross is thus transformed into a symbol of life and love.