Christian Symbols Unlimited



The Eastern Cross

The distinctive form of this beautiful cross, most commonly used by the various Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches, speaks of the deep symbolism and traditions preserved from the ancient Byzantine church.

The top beam represents the sign fastened to the cross bearing Pontius Pilate’s inscription written in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. (John 19:19)

The angular bottom beam is most commonly thought to represent the two thieves crucified with Jesus. The one on His right asked for forgiveness and was promised Paradise. The one on Jesus’ left mocked the Lord and was condemned.

The Eastern Cross