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☦️” meaning: orthodox cross Emoji

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☦️Meaning and Description

The emoji "" is known as the "Orthodox Cross" or "Russian Orthodox Cross." It depicts a distinct variation of the Christian cross, often associated with the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Cross consists of three crossbeams. The top beam represents the plaque bearing Pontius Pilate's inscription, INRI (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which translates to "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." The middle crossbeam is the one on which Jesus' hands were nailed. The bottom beam, which is slanted, represents the footrest (suppedaneum) to which Jesus' feet were nailed. The slant is often interpreted as going down on the left side to represent the thieves who were crucified with Christ; the one on Christ's right side repented and went to heaven👼, while the one on the left did not and went to hell😈.

The history of the Orthodox Cross extends back centuries, deeply entwined with Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Its distinct lower beam, potentially originating from the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century, used to appear pointing upward. This became a distinctive symbol of the Eastern Orthodox Church after the Great Schism of 1054, which separated it from the Roman Catholic Church. After that, from churches to religious artwork and national flags, this symbol has an extensive presence.

Nowadays, the Orthodox Cross emoji serves as a symbol of the Orthodox Christian faith and cultural heritage. It's commonly used to express religious devotion, celebrates important Orthodox Christian holidays, or share blessings and good wishes with others.

In addition to its religious connotations, the Orthodox Cross emoji resonates as a symbol of faith and spirituality, often employed to express personal convictions and spiritual emotions within Orthodox Christianity. As Eastern Orthodox Christianity is widespread in Eastern Europe, the usage of this emoji can also indicate a connection to the cultures of Eastern European nations where this religion is prevalent.
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The current ☦️ is a variant Emoji (emoji style, displaying colorful symbols on most new platforms), and it has two corresponding Emoji: (basic Emoji without variant symbols) and ☦︎ (text style, displaying black and white symbols on some old platforms). ☦️ (emoji style) = (base style) + emoji style

The meaning of emoji symbol ☦️ is orthodox cross, it is related to Christian, cross, religion, it can be found in emoji category: "🛑 Symbols" - "☪️ Religion".

☦️Examples and Usage

🔸 The Orthodox Church of Russia🇷🇺 rejected Turkey🇹🇷 to Convert the historic Hagia Sophia ⛪️ into a mosque🕌 's proposal, saying that the move may cause tensions between religions.
🔸 He was an atheist as a child, but today he is an Eastern Orthodox Christian☦️.
🔸 ☦️ (2626 FE0F) = (2626) + emoji style (FE0F)

☦️Basic Information

Emoji: ☦️
Shortname: orthodox cross
Apple Name: Orthodox cross
Codepoint: U+2626 FE0F Copy
Decimal: ALT+9766 ALT+65039
Unicode Version: None
Emoji Version: 1.0 (2015-06-09)
Categories: 🛑 Symbols
Sub Categories: ☪️ Religion
Keywords: Christian | cross | orthodox cross | religion
Proposal: L2/14‑235

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