The Fleur-de-Lis on Cross Potent displays the fleur-de-Lis (French for flower of the lily or the lily’s bloom), a symbol with a long and complex political and heraldic history in Europe, and especially in France. Measuring 3.4 inches high and 3 inches wide, the Fleur-de-Lis on Cross Potent has an eyelet at the top to allow for easy hanging on a wall or for use as a pectoral cross. This pendant was conceived, cast, and finished by hand in an art studio in France. This is a most lovely gift for that very special person in your life! This bronze cross with blue enamel inlay is an excellent gift for special occasions such as a birthday, baptism, first communion, confirmation, wedding, wedding anniversary, or ordination. This is indeed a gift of true heirloom quality to be treasured for many years to come!
A Bronze Cross Potent with the Fleur-de-Lis in Blue Enamel from France
A “Cross Potent” is a form of heraldic cross with crossbars or “crutches” at the four ends. This cross is known in German literally as a Krückenkreuz (literally “crutches cross”). Potent is an old word for a crutch, coming from a late Middle English alteration of the Old French potence (“crutch”), from Latin potentia (“power”) which in medieval Latin came to mean “crutch”.
The Fleur-de-Lis – Symbol of Mary and the Holy Trinity
Until about 1300, the fleur-de-Lis was found in depictions of Jesus, but gradually then began to take on Marian overtones, especially as “lily among thorns” in Song of Songs 2:2 became understood as referring to Mary. Since the lily already symbolized purity and chastity, the fleur-de-lis was increasingly associated as an iconographic attribute of the Virgin Mary. The three petals of the fleur-de-lis symbolize the Holy Trinity. The band holding the three petals together symbolizes Mary, for the Trinity is not intelligible without Mary – she who bore the Son, the second Person of the Trinity.
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