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Elizabeth's Cross: A St. Philip's Tradition

Betsy Bailey Cross

On April 7, 2019, the day of her confirmation, Elizabeth “Betsy” Bailey became the fifth Elizabeth to wear her now 99-year-old family cross. Freshly engraved with “2019,” the gold cross has a long history with St. Philip’s, having been worn by Betsy’s grandmother, Elizabeth “Betsy” Fritz, on her wedding day, and by her great-grandmother, Elizabeth “Lib” Foxworth, who was also a member of the church before her death. The importance of the tradition is to remember Christ and His sacrifice for us, and the cross’s value is not in the gold it’s made of, but in the meaning behind its shape.

Above: Betsy Bailey proudly wears her family cross on the day of her confirmation.

Below: Three Elizabeths––Betsy Bailey with her mother, Beth Bailey, and her grandmother, Betsy Fritz.

Three Elizabeths