Christianity

Latin Cross Symbol

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Definition: Latin Cross Symbol
Cross with an upright bar longer than the cross bar; the primary symbol of Christianity.

The simplest and most common cross symbol used in Christianity is the Latin cross. It may not have come into use until the 2nd or 3rd century.

The empty cross, usually favored by Protestants, reminds Christians of the resurrection, while the crucifix (with the body of Jesus on it), favored by Catholic and Orthodox churches, is a reminder of Christ's sacrifice.

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Title Latin Cross Symbol
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Last UpdatedMarch 8, 2021
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MLA Citation “Latin Cross Symbol.” ReligionFacts.com. 8 Mar. 2021. Web. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021. <religionfacts.com/latin-cross>