The processional cross is, at first glance, a simple mandela. Mandela is a Sanskrit word which refers to a circle with symmetrical divisions that includes at the centre an image of the deity. It represents the universe. The mandela circle is held to symbolize a striving for unity and completeness.
It is made of anodized aluminum set with an image of the crucifixion painted on vellum. The pigment, a mixture of charred ox bone, iron oxide and linseed oil, affirms our fundamental connection to the natural world and the bodily reality of all human existence.
In Lutheran theology, the crucifixion embraces the principle of contradiction: God is most fully known in limitation,suffering and rejection. It calls us to be people who are faithfully critical of the world while reminding us of the great catholic tradition out of which we come.
Ribbons in the colour of the liturgical seasons, recall the movement of the Spirit which grows out of journey with the crucified Christ.
I hope that this mandela will lead us to recognise, celebrate, mourn and transform the world in which we live.
-- Michael Mills