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What does high cross mean?

Last Updated: 6th January, 2020

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A high cross or standing cross (Irish: cros ard / ardchros, Scottish Gaelic: crois àrd / àrd-chrois, Welsh: croes uchel / croes eglwysig) is a free-standing Christian cross made of stone and often richly decorated.

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In this regard, what was a high cross used for?

The top of the cross is carved into a roof shape similar to the shape used in church roofing in early times. Many crosses have lovely scenes from the Old or New Testaments of the Bible. These crosses are known as High Crosses. The drawings on them helped the monks to teach people about the gospel.

what is the meaning behind the Celtic cross? According to popular legend, the Celtic Cross was introduced by St Patrick when he was converting the pagans in Ireland to Christianity. According to the website What's Your Sign, the Celtic Cross represents the meeting place of Divine energies and can be seen as a symbolic compass, offering spiritual navigation.

Beside this, why does the High Cross have pictures on it?

A feature of Celtic high crosses is that the cross is combined with a circle. Another feature is the carved images and patterns which are found on the crosses. These carvings depict stories from the Bible or the lives of saints. They were a way to spread Christianity at a time when not everybody could read and write.

What does the circle on a cross mean?

The four bars of the cross in the circle represent north, south, east and west. The individual elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth are each represented by a cross in a circle. The air symbol represents life. The fire symbol represents warmth and light. The water symbol represents the sustenance of life.

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