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San Damiano Cross

The San Damiano Cross is the one St. Francis was praying before he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross presently hangs in Santa Chiara (St. Clare) Church in Assisi, Italy.  All Franciscans cherish his cross as the symbol of their mission from God.  The cross is called an icon cross because it contains images of people who have a part in the meaning of the cross.  The tradition of such crosses began in the eastern Church and was transported by Serbian monks to the Umbria district of Italy.