A Relic of the Cross
Tis but a tiny speck of wood
From the Cross that up on Calvary stood.
Its meaning should e'er and always be:
Where Jesus hung,
for our eternity.
In Him, human and divine are blent;
The two entwined, from Heaven sent.
O Hark! and hear that hammer pound!
Yet, let that tiny speck
We're not even as much
as a fleck,
Unless by God we're wrought.
But with Him,
As far as we know and can ascertain, this is a genuine relic of the Cross that Our Lord died upon. It was given to me as a gift years ago. The wood itself is very small, something like a splinter in one's finger. It's inside a cruciform holder, which in turn is within a Crucifix that unscrews at the top and slides apart. This is called a Reliquary. A detail of the Reliquary is shown on the right, enlarged, allowing one to better see the wood within the circle. A greater enlargement is below. The words Ex Lig.(Lignum) Crucis D.N.J.C. mean "Wood from the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ." D.N.J.C. stands for Dominus Noster Jesus Christus (Our Lord Jesus Christ).
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