Wearing this cross shows that a person is “bearing their cross” just like Jesus did when He was being crucified. A lot of Copts, especially those who were born in Egypt and came to the United States, have a cross tattooed on the inside of their wrist. It is more common to find those who were born in Egypt to have this small tattoo because they get it from a very young age, but it is becoming more popular that youth who were born in the United States to get a bigger and more dramatic form of the tattoo when they grow up. This also symbolizes a person bearing their cross but in a different way than just wearing a necklace. I, personally, always wear my necklace but have yet to get a tattoo on my wrist. Also, priests of the Coptic Orthodox faith are required to wear a black tunic at all times and must grow a beard from the time that they become a priest.
While the two religions share certain beliefs and concepts, the presentation and doing of their rituals is very different, as both rituals coney strongly different meaning through ceremony and symbols. In the Catholic faith a baptism is conducted by a priest in the local area. The Priest has the purpose to bring the Infant into a new life with God. Catholic Baptisms are usually taken place in the Church or at the home of the subject. Also, “Baptism is a Christian ceremony of admission and adoption. With the use of water, Baptism initiates subjects into the Christian Church.” (The purpose of Baptism, online, 2015) With the use of Turner's theory the multivocal symbols for Baptism demonstrate, the transition in one's religious status. Firstly, the Assembly, the symbol of the Catholic life in the Baptismal ceremony is the main people. Turner’s theory can be used (SOP+H) as the laity are the objective that are the assembled faith community, which in the eyes of the Catholic Church is something that represents ‘the worshipping community of the gathered to listen to God’s word and to celebrate its own identity in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.’ (Author. R, The Baptism site of Jesus Christ, online). Secondly, the ‘Sign Of The Cross’ when one enters a Catholic Church, the priest
Church, alongside its Orthodox partner, has been totally consumed by the Latin ceremony. The Albanian Byzantine Catholic Community is regulated from Southern Albania. Both Catholic and Orthodox have confronted oppression under the Albanian comrade government, and are few in number: for instance, the Albanian Byzantine Catholic Community numbered just 3845 individuals in 2010. Commitment to holy people, with the Virgin Mary as the most noticeable illustration, is a key normal for Roman Catholicism. Catholic commitments have different structures, running from formalized, multi-day petitions to God, for example, novenas to exercises which don't include any supplications to God, for example, Eucharistic reverence outside Mass, the wearing of scapulars, the love of the holy people, the Canonical crowning celebrations
For some, when they think of the word art, they’ll firstly think of paintings, drawings or even sculptures. Throughout history, artists have produced thousands of the mentioned types of artistic work. Another type of artistic work to include is architecture. From the Dome of Florence Cathedral, to the Palace of Versailles, architecture is diverse in both its style and looks, as well as its purpose, whether it’s to serve as a theatre, museum, or just a place to house those of a higher status. One particular structure to talk about is St. Peter’s Basilica. Located within Vatican City, Rome, it began construction in 1506 and ended in 1626. Requiring various Italian architects to contribute to its construction, St. Peter’s Basilica is said to be the most prominent of Renaissance architecture. Architecture, just like other works of art, come in various styles, and when compared to others, one questions the purpose and reason behind such design choice, especially when multiple Architects contribute to it.
The main tradition is to put altars in some homes including the cross, picture or sculpture of Virgin Mary, and photos of the deceased person(s). Members of family gather around the altar and they pray. In some newer traditions children put masks, wear costumes and go from house to house while people give them some candies or money. Some of the
One of the main themes of the service was based around the divine liturgy, which is the considered the primary worship of the church. The Devine Liturgy is read by a combination of the priest, bishop, choir, and the church community. It is from the liturgy that the offerings of the bread and wine come from along with other prayers. It teaches that the bread and the wine “truly become the body and blood if Jesus Christ” (Sorensen). The priest, or the deacon is the ones that prepare the Eucharist, also known as the “ritual meal of bread and wine” (“Orthodox Churches" 233) as “the body and blood of Christ” (“Orthodox Churches" 233). They combine both the bread and the wine and bless these gifts to become one. They are then put into a chalice, and fed to the community through a golden spoon. While observing the taking of communion I noticed that a red cloth was held under the gold cup by acolytes, which are “altar boys who assist the adult officiants” (“Orthodox Churches" 231). The community puts their hands behind their back while taking communion so that they do not touch the gift or the priest. It is also during the time of communion that the community honors the “painted or mosaic” (“On Common Ground: World Religions in America” ) saints that are used as icons throughout the church. It was during the honoring of
The Christian cross has traditionally been a symbol representing Christianity or Christendom as a whole. The Christian cross was in use from the time of early Christianity, but it remained less prominent than competing symbols (Ichthys, Staurogram, Alpha and Omega, Christogram, Labarum, etc.) until the medieval Crusades. Early Christianity had use for such symbols due to the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire, as the symbol allowed inconspicuous identification of one Christian to another.(2016, Wikipedia)
The Cross has a variety of symbolic and religious meanings that can be interpreted from a Pagan viewpoint and Christian viewpoint,
The Latin cross has a long arm with a short one crossing it on one end. This cross is used in early Christian architecture. When building medieval churches in the West, the Latin cross plan was followed. Saint Peter’s and Saint Paul’s basilica demonstrate the use of the Latin cross. The architecture of both of these churches were molded off of the Latin cross. The north and south arms of the transept extend to form a Latin cross. “Crossing the transept, one continued toward the triumphal arch that framed the apse, the semicircular space beyond the transept. In the apse, at an altar that stood on a raised platform, one received the sacrament of Holy Communion” (Fiero 182). The Greek cross has four arms of equal length. This cross is used in Byzantine architecture. The Hagia Sophia is an example of the Greek cross plan, even though the Latin cross plan was incorporated into this structure. Hagia Sophia was constructed by the East Roman emperor Justinian. Light is symbolic to Byzantine liturgy so the mosaics and marble surfaces were illuminated. Once Constantinople fell, the Hagia Sophia was transformed into a mosque and the mosaics were removed. “Hagia Sophia marks the golden age of Byzantine art and architecture that took place under the leadership of the emperor Justinian” (Fiero 186). The Latin cross plan directs the eye toward the alter, the Greek cross plan directs the eye upward towards the
The bread and wine prepared for communion symbolically turn into the body and blood of Jesus Christ during the consecration rite of the Catholic mass. The consecration reminds believers of what Jesus Christ did to his disciples during 'The Last Supper.'
An ancient artefact that has remained strong all throughout history and still remains current in modern day popular culture is the Christian Cross. The symbol of a cross is very common in many different shapes and forms across several different scriptures and religions all over the world. The Christian cross alone has numerous variants, all of which stand for a particular purpose and hold a specific and sacred meaning. The most outstanding and recognisable of the crosses is the Christian cross, which is the Universal symbol for Christianity and represents the crucifixion, sacrifice and passion of Christ. The Christian cross has been depicted in art for centuries and still remains in art to this date, however one could argue that through its
From before the Great Schism of the church, in the Byzantine period, Christians have been reenacting the moment of the death and burial of Jesus. The ritual has been modified according to the church, the culture and the symbolism of different countries. In our days Epitaphios are done by churches who maintain the connection with traditions from the undivided Church in the early centuries. They carry the icon of the burial of Jesus into the streets, not to proclaim that God is dead but to reaffirm that God has done amazing
Imagine having a couple of seconds before your house completely collapse, you only have the time to grab one item, if this ever to occur to me it would be my cross that I wear around my neck everyday. The cross I wear around my neck everyday has sentimental meaning to me, this is because my grandfather purchased it for me when I was very young, not only does it help me think of him but it helps to remember how much he does for me, and how he helps to shape my life. My cross is also of meaning to my faith, being Catholic shows how we are connected to God as one, how he guides our path, this helps me to also feel as if God is watching over me and helping me to choose the right path. Finally it helps to represent who I am as a person, it helps
Missing objects in our home are not new and not a big deal. Things get taken all the time. Sometimes they return; sometimes they don’t. The items that do return are never found in their original spot. This cross would be no exception.
In Chapter 2 , the thing that stood out to me were the "Votive Statues" , it was amazing how much they put in worshipping their god and how they wanted to be attentive to their gods all the time. The statues were made so that the worshippers were always showing respect to their god even when they weren't there. It was also creative how involved in the statues that mostly all of the statues were looking up which symbolized that they were always attentive and paying attention to the gods. The statues have a very significant meaning espically in that 2500 and later BCE era just due to the fact how valuables such as the statues meant so much to the people and it was something that they could cherish forever. I don't think that when the worshippers