Cave Creek Cross
The Cave Creek Cross was inspired by and patterned on the Ruthwell Cross of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, an Eighth Century Anglo-Saxon preaching cross that stands over seventeen feet tall. Recognized as one of the most important sculptures from early medieval Europe, the cross has an extensive program of bas- relief sculptures and inscriptions that portray important events in the life of Jesus Christ and central tenets of the Christian religion. Over the last millennium the cross has suffered the ravages of time and the hammers of fanatics. Pulled down in 1664, it was reconstructed in the nineteenth century by the Pastor of Ruthwell Church, Henry Duncan.
Mr. Robert Thornley constructed the new cross out of large blocks of limestone from a quarry in New Mexico and incorporated much of the genius of the ancient cross into the present day Cave Creek Cross, with the prayers of Christ Church Parish that it may stand as a symbol of peace and hope to all who see it.