Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to header Skip to footer

THE CROSS AND CROWN

From the June 1908 issue of The Christian Science Journal


THE slight changes which have been made in the design of the seal on the cover of Science and Health and our Leader's other books, as well as on the Journal, Der Herold, and the Quarterly, have given rise to some speculation and inquiry, and the following extract from one of the many letters which have been received at this office indicates the nature of this speculation:—

"In view of the remarks I have heard in regard to the changed proportions of the cross and crown on the new cover for the Journal, I wish we might have an editorial setting forth the real signification of the cross. Is there too much looking for reward in proportion to the overcoming?"

Perhaps it is just as well to say at once that there is no intentional significance in the changed proportions of the cross and crown as redrawn, and that the artist simply made them of the relative sizes that seemed to him right and artistic. This artist is looked upon as the best man in his line of work in this country, therefore we may safely rest in the assurance that the proportions of the different parts of the emblem or seal are correct.

The only real difference between the former seal and the new one is that the crown now used is what is known in heraldry as a celestial crown, whereas the one formerly used was in fact not a crown at all, but a coronet, and possessed no significance when, combined with the cross. The celestial crown, or, as it is sometimes called, the Christian's crown, is the one described in Revelation, and it always has been emblematic of the triumphant life of the saints and martyrs. It can readily be seen that this crown is the one which should be used in connection with what has now come to be known as the Christian Science seal, and our Leader, in her desire to have the seal made truly emblematic of what it stands for, requested that the change be made.

To those of our readers who have been searching for some hidden significance in the larger cross, we may say for their reassurance that the cross which we are called upon to bear as Christian Scientists is no larger or heavier than heretofore. What we most need to impress upon our thought is that the crown has been brought nearer than ever through the ministry of Mrs. Eddy.

Interested in more more Journal content?

Subscribe to JSH-Online to access The Christian Science Journal, along with the Christian Science Sentinel and The Herald of Christian Science. Find the current issues, the searchable archive, podcasts, audio for articles, biographies about Mary Baker Eddy, and more.

Subscribe      Log in

More in this issue / June 1908

concord-web-promo-graphic

Explore Concord—see where it takes you.

Search the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures