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Episcopal Church Service Cross
ISBN: P-07,NO CHAIN
The Episcopal Church Service Cross was the first cross to be approved by the military for our troops. Its circular shape prevents injuries from the ends of the arms of the cross during strenuous physical military activity. This lightweight cross is less than a quarter ounce.
Written on the bars of the cross: “Christ Died For You.”
This circular cross measures 1 inch in diameter and is made of pewter-like metal.
This cross is often paired with A Prayer Book for the Armed Services.
From the Archives of the Episcopal Church about this cross:
The Church War Cross was designed under the direction of Mrs. James De Wolf Perry (wife of the former Presiding Bishop and Bishop of Rhode Island) during World War I for the Army and Navy Commission of the Church. Each Episcopalian entering the Armed Forces was presented with one and the same cross was used during World War II. The Episcopal Church Service Cross carries the design of the ancient Crusader's Cross, the five-fold cross symbolic of the five wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. The words embossed upon it are taken from the Service of Holy Communion: Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee and feed on him in thy heart by faith with thanksgiving.
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I see this description says the pattern of service cross is of a crusader cross with the 5 cross pattern. More specifically it was the Coat of Arms of Godfrei de Bouillon who in the First Crusade became the first crusader ruler of Jerusalem. Later it became the pattern for the Kingdom of Jerusalem coat of arms.
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We are giving the Episcopal Service Cross to all new members of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship. It is a perfect reminder of all that we share, both as veterans and members of the church.
The Church Service Cross is an updated version of The Church War Cross given by the Episcopal Church to servicemen during World War II. While the original was rendered in stainless steel, this version is made of pewter and is a very nice piece of jewelry.
I was given the Church war cross when I enlisted in the Air Force August 1948. I wore it with my dog tags throughout my service career (twenty years). Although my status changed from enlisted to officer, requiring a change of dog tags I always hung onto the cross. Shortly after retirement I lost both the dog tags and cross. The original cross stated "For Thee Christ Died" instead of "For You Christ Died" I wonder if they are given out in the service today?
It is perfect, I wear it every day.
I had received a service cross in the navy in 1963 in boot camp and lost it in the early 70s and searched for one for about 19 yrs and gave up. I also received a service bible with the picture of the medal on it, and treasured it as a keep sake of my military service. It is everything you said it was , thank you for a quality product at a good price. Joe
The Army regulations governing military attire (AR 670-1) authorize a soldier to wear a religious emblem (usually on their identification tags). These Service Crosses are essential for Episcopal soldiers. I wore mine every day I was in the U.S. Army. It was on my identification tags when I was wounded. The inscription "Christ Died For You" was and is very important to me. Fellow soldiers who were Roman Catholics and from various Protestant churches all asked me for one of these service crosses. And they were intrigued by the symbolism of the service cross. Many other Christian Churches have no specific religious emblem for soldiers. This service cross is great for all Christians (not just Episcopalians).
I received my first (and so far only) Episcopal Church Service Cross from my rector, the late William R. Delamain before I left for Naval Officer's Candidate School in April 1982. On the front of the medal it reads: "Christ Died For Thee" rather than the current version. I prefer the older, Elizabethan version to the current language. The medal means a great deal to me and I've worn it everywhere I've served. I wore it on my dogtags and it was a constant reminder, often in very tough situations of my faith as a Christian and the people back home who prayed for me and all members of the armed forces of the United States.
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