Distinguished by the circle at the intersection of the crossbar and upright shaft, usually with a continuous weaving line intertwined with the circle and cross arms, serving as a double symbol of eternity and unity, both that of the Son with the Father and the Holy Spirit and that of the believer with the Trinity, the common theme of St. Patrick's preaching. The Celtic cross comes from Ireland, where it is still commonly found; similarly, it is often used to mark an object as having an association with Ireland.
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