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Offline orth_christian2000

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8-point Orthodox Cross
« on: November 19, 2005, 01:33:08 AM »
Hey all,

After a somewhat long hiatus, I'm back, and with a question too. 

I was chatting with a friend of mine today, who happens to be Roman Catholic.  He asked me , "Is there any specific meaning behind the Orthodox 8-point Cross". 

Frankly, I was humbled, because I never really asked the question myself.  I had always understood that the short horizontal line above the horizontal beam of His arms was in memory of the charge they put up to mock Him, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews".  As for the slanted beam underneath, I had always understood that as a support for His feet. 

Is this right? If there is more, or if I'm way off, please let me know.

Thank-you all, and a blessed Advent to one and all.
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Re: 8-point Orthodox Cross
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2005, 05:11:58 AM »
The bottom bar (I think) is slanted to represent the one thief who repened, and the other who didn't. The top bar is the sign. The middle one is the crucifixion bar. I always thought it was called the 3 bar, not the 8 point  ???

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Re: 8-point Orthodox Cross
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2005, 11:25:47 AM »
It is the three bar. St. Andrew's cross, it was the way he described heaven and hell to the peoples in the Ukrainian area when he traveled there to missionize.

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Re: 8-point Orthodox Cross
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2005, 03:25:11 PM »
Here is another site with a good explanation:

http://www.churchofthenativity.net/explain/crsmain.html
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Re: 8-point Orthodox Cross
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2005, 04:28:44 PM »
Yes, you're right...it's called a 3-bar Cross.  I didn't know that, so I counted the points...sorry. 

Bizzlebin, thanks very much for the site, I appreciate it.  Thank-you all for your replies.

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