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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.
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.
According to U.S. Army Regulation 670-1, a soldier may wear "neat, conservative and discreet" religious jewelry. This means a religious medallion like the Episcopal Church Service Cross can be attached to the ID tags (informally known as "dog tags") and worn with any Army Uniform! I wore my Episcopal Service Cross while I was in the Army. Also, I heartily recommend the Episcopal-produced "Prayer Book for the Armed Forces." This Prayer Book will fit easily in the cargo pants pocket of any soldier's uniform. It is great for Episcopal soldiers and people of all other Christian and religious traditions.
This is an excellant item for the serviceman who is Eoiscopalian. I was issued one by the chaplian in July 1979 while I was in basic training and have been wearing it since. It has been with me across the four corners of the globe. The service cross that I recently bought was for my son-in-law who is in the Army. He didnot ever see one before, so I set out and got one for him and mailed it special delivery to him at his deployment address.
I ordered 20 service crosses for our church. They arrived very quickly and were just as pictured. I'm sure I'll be ordering more in the near future.
Many of the serving officers to whom I spoke regretted the fact that there are so few Episcopal Chaplains in the Military. I have given away our service crosses to two Colonels (USA), a Captain (USN), two Captains (USMC), one 1LT (USA) and a newly commissioned former student now a 2LT (USMC). Every single one of these officers was touched to receive this symbol of our continuing prayers for them as they deployed.
My next project will be to think what we might give families of men and women serving in the military.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
"Excellent, over the top service. Books received in time for Christmas with correct engraving. Thanks"