Cross vs Crucifix
Cross and crucifix are old religious symbols in Christianity. A cross is perhaps the best known symbol of Christianity that reminds us of the sacrifice made by Jesus of his life for the salvation of mankind. A crucifix is also used by Christians as a symbol of love and respect for Jesus. Many people, including many Christians, cannot differentiate between cross and crucifix. This article attempts to highlight the differences between these two symbols and pieces of decoration that are being used by Christians in all parts of the world.
A cross is also known as Christian cross and is the best known symbol of Christianity. It has come to represent the victory of the good over the bad and the evil. It is the symbol of the crucifixion of Christ and reminds us that He died for our salvation on this cross. A cross may be a piece of decoration these days in the form of a pendant or a showpiece hung on the walls and kept over tables, it actually is a symbol of Christianity meant to remind us of the sacrifice made by Jesus for the salvation of mankind. A cross is loved and revered by all Christians for this very fact. As a religious symbol, a cross can be seen on Churches, cathedrals, Christian schools and many other institutions.
A crucifix is a Christian symbol that depicts the body of Jesus tied on the cross reminding all of us the pain and sacrifice he made for our redemption. A crucifix is a cross with the body of Christ over it. The symbol remains a cross until it has the body of the Christ depicted over it. All Catholic Christians are urged to keep a crucifix in their homes and pay their prayers in front of this crucifix to show their devotion for Jesus. A Christian can sit, kneel, stand, or pray in any other position, in front of the crucifix. He can bow his head, close his eyes, or keep eyes open while praying.
What is the difference between a Cross and a Crucifix?
• Both the cross and the crucifix are sacred Christian symbols used by the faithful for decoration as well to show their devotion to Jesus.
• A cross is just a T-shaped symbol whereas a crucifix is a cross with the sacred body of Jesus depicted over it.
• Cross is displayed over buildings of the Christians such as churches, cathedrals, and schools, whereas crucifix is placed over the altar and Christians pay their prayers in front of the crucifix.
• While Catholics make use of both a cross and a crucifix, Protestants prefer to use only the cross.