"the scarlet letter had the effect of a cross on a nun’s bosom"
A priest uses a crucifix to expel demons
Public DomainA priest uses a crucifix to expel demons - Credit: Francisco Goya

The crucifix, a representation of the Christian cross suspended from a black cord, is a standard part of a Roman Catholic nun’s habit. As well as representing her consecrated state, it also serves as a talisman protecting the wearer from malign influences. Folklore tells that it has the power to cure the sick and cause demons to disappear. Unsurprisingly, the Puritans regarded the cross as a profane papist gewgaw and expunged it from their worship. 


Cross necklace
Creative Commons AttributionCross necklace - Credit: ja5onlee