To this day visitors to Ireland can find Celtic crosses in the form of standing stone monuments. The practice of erecting these landmarks began before the 8th century and re-surged in importance come the mid 19th century during the Celtic Revival. Some legends assert that in the 400’s St. Patrick lay a cross the emblem of Christianity over a circle a representation of the sun or the moon to teach pagans the prominence of Gods influence over any scientific practice. A modern-day Irish Catholic priest might interpret the circle as indicative of Gods never-ending love as performed by Christs sacrifice on the cross. Similarly the three-cornered Trinity knot often reminds people of the individual but entwined components of the Holy Trinity the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the case that a gentleman of modern-day Ireland gives his beloved a token that includes this knot as decoration he is most likely suggesting that he wants to love honor and protect her.
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