Scenic View Of The Cross
Photos: Jim and Doris Studer Family 


St. Frances
Erected  in 1993 The Cross faces northwest towards the town of Ballinger, Texas. The Cross stands 100 ft. tall and from tip to tip on the arm it measures 70 ft. The Cross, above ground, weighs 50 tons with another 100 tons of material buried for support. At the bottom is a roof and walkway with a guest book for visitors to sign. The grounds also include walkways, a small Chapel, St. Frances Shrine and the Our Lady "of Guadalupe". The Cross can be seen for miles during the day and especially at night when it is illuminated with lights.

 
Our Lady "of Guadalupe"
The image is taken as representing the Immaculate Conception, being the lone figure of the woman with the sun, moon, and star accompani- ments of the great apocalyptic sign, and in addition a supporting angel under the crescent.
Our Lady "of Guadalupe"
On December 9, 1531, an Indian in recently conquered Mexico named Juan Diego rose before dawn to walk fifteen miles to daily Mass in what is now Mexico City. 
Scene from the Chapel
Juan lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. That morning, as Juan was hurrying down Tepeyac Hill, the Blessed Virgin appeared and sent him to Bishop Zumárraga to have a temple built where she stood. She said she was the Virgin Mary 
and called herself “of Guadalupe” and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. 

The bishop was skeptical and he asked Juan to bring proof of the Lady's identity. Before Juan could go back to the Lady, he received word of a dying uncle and went to care for him. Grieved Juan was 

running to the St. James's convent to get a priest. Juan missed his meeting with the Lady but she met him on his path and told him that his uncle had been cured. 

She then told Juan to climb to the top of the hill where they first met. At the top of the hill Juan found roses growing in the frozen soil. He gathered them in his cloak and took them at once to the bishop. Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak. The roses that fell to the ground were Castilian roses which were not grown in Mexico. Inside Juan's cloak was imprinted a glowing image of the Lady.  A short time later a church was built on the site where the Lady appeared, and thousands converted to Christianity. The Lady of Guadalupe was declared the patroness of the Americas. 
Night Scene of The Cross 
The Sunset scenes of The Cross can be some of the most beautiful.

Photos Below: The First National Bank Of Ballinger


A scene of  The Cross with a cloud and rain shower in the back ground.
On Easter Sunday each year all Christian Faiths  joint together for a Easter Sunrise Service at The Cross to celebrate  the resurrection of Christ our Lord and Savior. 

The Easter Sunrise Services start at Sunrise.
 
 

Visitors are welcome.

The Cross is open for visitors 24 hours a day everyday.