Which is not a symbol of peace

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It is historically proven that Christ was crucified by the Romans. Through this death the cross became the ultimate symbol of identification for Christians. In reality, however, the cross is much older. The outer symbolism already gives a first indication of what it is about: the longitudinal bar points upwards to the sky, to the area beyond, and the transverse bar stands for the temporal with all its limitations. In the cross, finitude and infinity, time and eternity cross. Who reads his life in the light of the cross can go beyond his limits and experience: I am a finite-infinite being.

For Christians, this experience not only remains a vague hope, but also finds its certainty through the death of Jesus on the cross. In Jesus Christ, the eternal God "came to life" and became man. His death, which at first glance looks like a failure, in reality turns out to be a breakthrough to new life. The central experience of the first Christians was that Jesus did not remain in death. His Father raised him to new life. In this way, the cross, as a symbol of death, becomes a sign of life.

In worship, a lecture cross is usually used, which an altar boy carries in procession in front of the liturgical services and the priest, symbolically showing that Christ himself is entering the community. There is also often a small cross on the altar to remind the priest that the purpose of worship is to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.