The symbolically rich Loaves and Fishes Cross is made in Germany of solid bronze and is a beautiful honoring of the Eucharist. The Loaves and Fishes Cross is a popular first communion gift. At 3.5 inches high and 3 inches wide, and with an eyelet at the top, this cross is suitable either as a wall cross for personal devotion or as a pectoral cross worn by the presider and ministers of the Eucharist.
A Cross of Many Symbols
The Loaves and Fishes Cross is packed with Eucharistic imagery. The upright beam (in Latin, stipes) depicts three elements. At the top of the stipes is a sheaf of wheat, a symbol for the bread of the Eucharist. In the center is a simple cross with four points which call to mind the four Evangelists. Below the inner cross is a cluster of grapes, from which the wine of the Eucharist is made to fill the cup shown at the bottom of the stipes. The crossbeam (in Latin, patibulum) shows two additional elements: on the left of the patibulum, the loaves of bread, and on the right, a fish. These loaves and fishes call to mind the miraculous multiplication (Luke 9:10-17) which is a foreshadowing of the Eucharist. This solid bronze cross–conceived and fashioned in Germany by a master bronzesmith–is a popular and highly symbolic gift honoring the Eucharist. This is a popular first communion gift.