Published March 10, 2017
JASPER—The narthex of Our Lady of the Mountains Church, Jasper, has a new High Celtic cross sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 14348.
Carved by former parishioner and Knights of Columbus member John Roger, the nearly 12-foot cross is above the doors entering the church.
The cross shows detail of Celtic art, with woven patterns and the images of Celtic saints. The Irish saints on the four corners of the cross are St. Finnian of Clonard, St. Columba of Iona, St. Aidan of Lindisfarne and St. Dallan Forgaill.
“High Crosses like these were carved by missionaries of old who went forth from places like the Holy Island of Iona to preach the Gospel in what some have called the Dark Ages,” said pastor Father Charles Byrd.
Once installed, the High Cross will be a reminder of the example of these four saints and the sacrifices they made to sow the seeds of Christ’s love throughout the world and across the ages.