Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Orthodox churches of Odessa

Orthodox churches of Odessa, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

Some thoughts from a Russian adn a Ukrainian about the origin of the Orthodox Cross, here outside the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Odessa.

dinborough Pro User says:

Nobody knows the exact meaning of that diagonal part of the cross, but that's what the Russian Orthodox cross looks like. Some people say it symbolizes a path from hell to heaven or something like that.
the inscription says the church is called Holy Trinity cathedral

steblina Pro User says:

Lower crosspiece is support for Jesus' feet. Symbolizes the Measure of righteousness. Also it is said, that the brigand from the right went up to Heaven (because he repented); the other one went down to Hell (he did not repent). That's why the crosspiece is pointing into two directions.

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