Skip to comments.The Cross of St Andrew the Apostle in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior [Moscow]
Posted on 07/22/2013 7:42:28 PM PDT by marshmallow
The cross of the crucifixion of St. Andrew the Apostle will be displayed until July 25 in Moscows Christ the Savior Cathedral, where the cross has been brought by the St. Andrew the Apostle Fund.
The X-shaped cross, which is usually kept in Greece, is almost three meters high and 1.2 meters wide. It weights 160 kilograms.
A line of Orthodox Christians waiting to see the Cross of St Andrew the Apostle.
Since the weather in Moscow has cooled, those who go to see the cross are advised to put on warm clothes and take drinking water with them
The cross on which St Andrew was crucified has a unique shape resembling the Roman numeral ten. The X-shaped cross is used in many symbols, for example on the Russian navy flag.
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Thank you for posting this.
Why is it X shaped?
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Because it is: to crucify someone, one merely needs a way to hang them by their hands or wrists so that their diaphragm has to lift the weight of their body for them to breath. Whether because they felt like it or because they acceded to a request from St. Andrew that he not be crucified on a cross the same shape as Our Lord’s, St. Andrew the First-Called was crucified on an X-shaped cross, the remnants of which are now in an X-shaped reliquary.
It makes me wish I could be in Moscow...
(I was blessed once to venerate a tiny fragment of the Life-Giving Cross of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.)
Thank you both.
Thanks, you made my day!
Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras (Patræ) in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts, such as the Acts of Andrew known to Gregory of Tours, describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or “saltire”), now commonly known as a “Saint Andrew’s Cross” supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.
Interesting, thank you.
It would be awesome to be there.
The emblem of Scotland is also this cross...which raises the question, what has Scotland to do with Andrew? He was crucified in Greece not Scotland.
The Flag of Scotland, called The Saltire or St Andrew’s Cross, is a blue field with a white saltire; according to tradition, it represents Saint Andrew, who is supposed to have been crucified on a cross of that form (called a crux decussata) at Patras. The St Andrew’s Cross was worn as a badge on hats in Scotland, on the day of the feast of St Andrew. It is the oldest continuously used sovereign flag in the world, having been in use since AD 832 - or so legend has it.
Numerous flags are inspired by the saltire and the colours blue and whitemostly connected with Scotland, where Saint Andrew is the national patron saint.