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The traditional form of the cross (Latin cross)

The Christian cross is a familiar religious symbol of Christianity. Its significance lies in the belief that Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion - death by nailing to a cross. To Christians, the cross represents what our sin has done, and yet God's great love and mercy towards us.

History and Usage

During the first three centuries of Christianity, the cross was rare in Christian iconography, although descriptions of it are found in Christian writings from the early 2nd century onwards. The Ichthys was a symbol used by early covert Christians to identify each other. The Cross first became prominent in Christian imagery during the 3rd century.

The cross represents Christ's victory over death and sin.

Catholic and Orthodox Christians often make the sign of the cross by moving their right hand so as to draw a cross upon themselves.




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