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Olive Wood Holding Hand Comfort Cross Faith Christian Holyland Bethlehem Gift
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Feb 15, 2014
US $6.69
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Yokneam Ilit, HaTzafon, Israel


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Material: Olive wood

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Olive Wood Hand Held Holding/Comfort Cross / Palm Cross   
Made in Bethlehem, the Holy Land

A holding cross, or a comfort cross, as it is sometimes called, is an asymmetric cross that is made to fit ergonomically into the palm of one's hand and is used during prayer. It is thought that the holding cross is based on an ancient design found in ancient European chapels. Although the origin of the holding/comfort cross tradition is not known, it is thought that it dates back to the early Christians.

Holding crosses are made out of many different types of wood, but in my opinion, none is more appropriate than a cross made out of the olive wood prunings of trees that grow in the very region that Jesus was born - in the area around Bethlehem. Olive trees have scattered the landscape there since biblical times, where they grow both in terraced groves and on the hilltops. The oil from the fruit of the Olive Tree has been used for religious rites since biblical times. Since the olive tree is a protected species in Israel and cannot be cut down, all olive wood artifacts are made only from the trees pruning's. Olive wood items are imbued with spirituality, and do not require much care since olive oil is naturally protecting them from corrosion and changes of color. In time the holding cross will develop its own patina from frequent handling. 

Please note - this is not the ACTUAL picture of the product you will receive. I have been selling these products for years and sell thousands of products a year.  Olive wood varies in texture, grain  and colour depending on how old the branches were before they were trimmed - this adds to its beauty - just like no two snowflakes are the same, neither are two pieces of olive wood.  Some pieces will have more lines and markings, some might have none.  There might be knots in the wood in some places - this is because it is a natural product and adds to its beauty..

Dimensions: Approx 11 cm high and  7 cm wide / 4.5" high and 2.75" wide.

Who should have a Holding Cross?

· Anyone who is in a time of struggle or loss and is looking for guidance.

· Anyone who needs to find comfort and is looking for solace.

· Anyone who is struggling to cling to their faith.

· Anyone who is looking for a companion for their prayers and meditation.

· If you or someone you know is ill simply holding the cross may be the best way to pray.

A holding cross is the ideal gift to mark most gift giving occasions such as a baptism, confirmation, birthday, Easter, Christmas or just to give to someone to say Thank You. It is recommended to keep a supply of these crosses ready to give to your loved ones in their times of need


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* Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.

* Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. 

Please note that shipment is from Israel and it should take approximately 7 - 10 days to arrive in the UK after posting and approx 14 days to the USA (sometimes a bit longer due to new Homeland Security Regulations that are causing backlogs in incoming mail.).

If you have any problem, please contact me before leaving feedback as I am always willing to sort out problems, but prefer to hear it from you before you leave feedback so we can sort the matter out. If you leave feedback without contacting me first then I will consider the transaction completed.

I usually respond very quickly to Emails and ship out very promptly - but I have 3 small children, so if I do not reply immediately - there may be a good reason - so please be patient.

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