Today I received a small wooden crucifix as an early birthday gift from two co-workers, one a Palestinian Catholic and the other an American Jew. The crucifix is about 4 inches tall and was made in Jerusalem by relatives of the Catholic friend.
There is a metal medalion on the front behind Jesus’ Head with five groups of letters that appear to be abbreviations. I think the V’s may be U’s in keeping with older printing. Here are the groups:
**S M Q L I V B **These letters are on the left edge of the medalion
**V R S N S M V **These letters are on the right edge of the medalion
N D S M D These letters go across the Cross on the medalion
C S S M L These letter go down the Cross on the medalion
C S P B Each of these 4 letters are in a circle in each of the four quadrants made by the Cross + on the Medalion
There is also a metal medalion on the back side with an image of Jesus in a long robe holding a Cross in His right Hand and an open book in His left hand. The letters on this medalion appear to be words:
EIVS IN OBITV NROPRA SENTIA MVNIAMVR
Does anyone know the meanings?