The Meaning and Origin of the Jerusalem Cross

Because of its similar design, it is thought that the Cosmic Cross, that appeared in mosaics prior to the year 427A.D., was the inspiration for the Jerusalem Cross. The cosmic cross is a large bold cross surrounded by four smaller crosses symbolizing the four principal parts of the world. Early Christians believed then that the larger and center cross represented the supreme majesty of Christ, who is at the center of our universe.

The cross has, over the years, been offered up for many different meanings. One example of this is that the five crosses symbolize the five wounds of Jesus. There is also the perception that the four crosses proclaim the four corners of the earth with the first and largest one beginning in Jerusalem and symbolizing Christ.

Another idea is that the central cross reminds people of the crucified Christ, the savior of our world, and that the four smaller ones represent the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Or they may represent how these gospels were spread to the four corners of the earth. Lastly, there is another idea that the four arms of the larger cross are seen as symbolizing the four directions of the world and the concept that Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the world.


The Lord’s Prayer (ARAMAIC)

The ARAMAIC language is the ancient language Spoken by our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, the same language spoken by the Prophets Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, also the same language used in the Liturgy of Jacob, the brother Of God.