- For the Lord will pass through to slay the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not allow the Destroyer to enter your houses to slay you.
- Not through and angel, not through a seraph, not through a messenger, but the Holy One Blessed be He, he alone in his glory [brought us out of Egypt].
- Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.
- The tau has exactly the same form as the Cross on which our Lord was crucified on Calvary, and only those will be marked with this sign and will obtain mercy who have mortified their flesh and conformed their life to that of the Crucified Savior.
St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan monastic order, was apparently present, and from this point on he used the letter tau as his personal signature. Today the tau cross is a popular Franciscan symbol worn by many Catholics.
- the seal of the Franciscans, which contains the crossed arms of Jesus and Francis, both of which contain stigmata. Above, the holy spirit personified by a dove emerges from the the divine crown of God the Father. Below, a palm frond (triumphal entry on Palm Sunday) and an olive branch (the arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane).
- the Jerusalem cross, which contains five crosses symbolized the five wounds that Jesus sustained during the crucifixion. This is also known as the Crusader cross because it was the coat of arms that the latter emblazoned on their shields.
The important point is that both of these fraternal orders of guardians see themselves as a corrective to the shoddy guardianship exemplified by the Roman soldiers in the gospel account. The Roman soldiers are both weak (in Mt 28:5 they shake with fear and become "like dead men") and corrupt (in Mt 28:11 they accept a bribe from the Jewish authorities to claim that the body of Jesus was stolen). Today, these Greek and Latin priests are trained to be proper guardians. Representatives of both of these orders are constantly present in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre making sure that nothing happens their respective property. This sense of constant vigilance also links us back to the Passover narrative with which we began. In Exodus 12:42 the night of 15th of Nissan is referred to as "a night of vigil (ליל שמורים) to bring them out of the land of Egypt," which the LXX translates this as προφυλακή. Would it be an overstatement to say that in such a contested site as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, every night is a night of vigil?