How to Make a Palm Crosses

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How to Make a Palm Crosses PDF

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Why do we make palm crosses – A cross in a palm plays a significant role in one’s life. The presence of a cross in a palm indicates trouble, disappointment, delays and sometimes changes in the position of the life. Many hand out palm branches that have been blessed by the priest to the congregation, who will then make them into crosses. The branch is meant to serve as a reminder of the Christ’s victory over death. Catholic churches also often have processions using the palms.

Any left-over Palm Crosses are kept and burned to make ashes for next year’s Ash Wednesday services. Palm Sunday is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. Easter, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus’ life on Earth.

How to make a Palm crosses

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Step 1 – Take a palm that is about 2 feet long and 1/2″ wide (if it tapers at the top, this is good!). Hold the palm upright, so the tapered end points toward the ceiling.

Step 2 – Then bend the top end down and toward you so that the bend is about 5 or 6 inches from the bottom of the palm.

Step 3 – About a third of the way from the bend you just made, twist the section you’ve pulled down to the right, forming a right angle.

Step 4 – About an inch and a half away from the “stem” of the cross, bend this arm of the palm back behind the palm so that it is now facing to your left. Make the bend at a good length to form the right arm of the Cross.

Step 5 – Folding that same section at a point that equals the length on the right side, bend it on the left side and bring the end forward over what is now the front of the cross.

Step 6 – From the very center of the Cross, fold that arm up and to the upper right (in a “northeast” direction) so that it can wrap around where the upright post of the Cross and the right arm intersect.

Step 7 – Fold this down and to the left behind the Cross… …and then fold it toward the right so that it is parallel and under the transverse arms of the Cross.

Step 8 – Bring it up behind the Cross again, this time folding it up toward the “northwest” direction.

Step 9 – Tuck the tapered end into the transverse section you made in step 7… …and pull through.

Step 10 – Turn the Cross over; this side will be the front. Trim the tapere end if necessary, remembering that the palm is a sacramental and any part you trim away should be kept and respected as a sacramental! Use that piece for burning during storms.

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