Huguenot Martyrs

 

 

THE HUGUENOT CROSS

 

            The date and the exact origin of the Huguenot cross are not precisely known. It first appeared, as a jewel and its first maker seem to be somebody unknown in Lyon and some jewelers in Nimes in the 17th century. It is being used more and more throughout the world as a sign and an affirmation of the protestant faith among the descendants of the Huguenots. Among the different kinds of crosses (Latin, Greek, St Andrew, Lorraine, Malta, Svastika), the Huguenot cross seems to originate from the Maltese cross; the small balls or pearls which decorate its points come from the cross of Languedoc, a region in Southern France. The Huguenots could not adopt the Latin cross used by their persecutors, so the Huguenot cross became a sign of recognition among the French Protestants as early as the 17th century. As a matter of fact, it was patterned after the Order of the Holy Spirit insignia worn by Henry IV of Navarre, who issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598 to protect Protestant freedoms.

            Some of these crosses are found at this time either with the “tear-drop”, “pestle” or “trissou”, from Nîmes, a city in the South of France, or with the “dove", symbol of the Holy Spirit according to the model created by Maistre, a jeweler from Nîmes, around 1688. It is believed the “tear-drop" could also represent the phial, which contained the Oil for the Anointing of the kings of France.

            Adopted as an attribute by the French Church in London, it is also found in the Dutch temples.

            Many people see three main aspects in the symbolism of the Huguenot Cross:

            ·   The Cross symbolizes the grace acquired by the sacrifice of Christ,

            ·   Between the cross are 4 lilies, the "fleur de lys" or lily flower represents the Kingdom of God to which the Huguenots remained faithful. Indeed, the lily or flower was the royal emblem of the French kings. It thus spoke of loyalty and faithfulness to the king, despite persecution.

            ·   The dove or Holy Spirit is the reminder of the presence of God even in the midst of adversity such as in the “desert” period. During that time of persecution, the Huguenots were strongly visited by the Holy Spirit; this is when the prophetic movement began. Finally, some believe that the two points at the end of each arm, eight in all, represent the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).

                        There is a very special place in France where one can better approach the Huguenots' history; this place is called the “ Musee du Desert”. The Museum of the Desert helps reviving the Huguenot past today. The museum, named after the period called the "desert" (1685-1787), presents the Reformation going from the repeal of the Edict of Nantes to the Edict of Tolerance, through the war of the camisards, the repression and the resistance, the daily life in the clandestineness and the long walk towards the freedom of conscience until the French Revolution July 14th 1789.

 

Musée du Désert - Le Mas Soubeyran - F 30140 Mialet sur Anduze          Phone. : +33 (0)4 66 85 02 72

 Fax : +33 (0)4 66 85 00 02 Email : musee@museedudesert.com — Site : http://museedudesert.com

 

Huguenot Cross’s

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Item # 4201      

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Item # 4212S

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Cross Decals               $ 3.00
 
Bookmarkers    $ 2.00
 
20” Chain          $ 11.50
 
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