Cross-Christianity
Symbols and Meanings

The Cross is most sacred symbol for Christianity

Ancient Byzantine CrossThe Cross

The Cross is the most sacred symbol for Christianity. Initially, this object was the symbol of torment and

horrible death. But the meaning has changed over time and has left its place to joy and happiness. Jesus

has shown the way to begin a new life to Christianity by passing thence. Thus, the cross has been

blessed.

 

The Crucifix

Crucifix is regarded as the greatest symbolic message for Christians. This icon symbolizes the goodness

and happiness, and it widely used in home decoration and jewelry.

 

The Cross of St. Peter

It is an inverted Latin cross. The cross symbolizes the crucifixion of St. Peter as upside down.

 

Swastika

This icon which has been reached to the present day from the prehistoric times has taken the name

from the letter gamma of Greek alphabet. It symbolizes wellness, happiness and health. Swastika is a

very sacred symbol for Hinduism and Buddhism.

 

The Anchor Cross

The Anchor Cross is used since the early periods of Christianity and symbolizes the secret churches of

underground.

This symbol is often encountered on the underground tomb which is also used for liberation and hope.

 

The Red Cross of Constantine

This symbol represents the Masonic order and the military order, Holy Sepulchre and St. John the

Evangelist.

According to the legend, Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great gave a start to the knighthood. The

first knight order Red Cross was founded in the year of 312. This was followed by Order of the Holy

Sepulchre.

The Red Cross of Constantine means Knights Beneficent of the Holy City.

This is also the symbol of the Red Cross which delivers humanitarian aid to victims of war and disaster.

 

Celtic Cross

This symbol has got a meaning that regarding their ethnic origin for Irish, Scottish and Welsh.

The Celtic cross consists of a point and nested circle and cross.

According to a popular legend of Ireland, St. Patrick has combined the symbol of Christianity cross with

the sun’s life-giving properties and so that Celtic cross has emerged.

Celtic cross was being used on tombstones in the past. Nowadays, it is widely used as jewelry.

 

Fish (Ichthys)

Ichthys means fish in Greek. This symbol resembles a fish and consists of two piece of intersecting

arcs. This is a mysterious symbol that used by the first Christians.

Ichthys is son of the ancient Syrian goddess Ataragatis.

It symbolizes fertility.

Ichthys is used in modern Christianity as written Jesus inside it. At the same time this symbol is

attached to cars in western countries to emphasize the car’s driver is a Christian.

 

Dove

Dove represents the Holy Spirit in Christianity. It is also harbinger of freedom and peace. Dove is

indispensable figure of jewelry and accessories.

 

Crown of Thorns

The crown of thorns is an important symbol of Christianity which was placed on Jesus’ head, before

the crucifixion. About this theme, Jesus with the Crown of Thorns has painted by Michelangelo

Caravaggio. This painting is one of the world’s most famous and most beautiful works.

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