The '''cross''' is the fundamental symbol for [[Christian]]s, seen as the instrument of the world's [[salvation]] by the crucified [[Christ]].
==Emblem of victory==
===Third Sunday of Lent===
The Third Sunday of [[Lenten Triodion|Lent]] is that of the [[Sunday of the Holy Cross|
Veneration of the Cross]]. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the Lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ's redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. ''He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me'' ([[Gospel of Matthew|Matthew]] 10:38). For in the Cross of Christ Crucified lies both ''the power of God and the wisdom of God'' for those being saved ([[I Corinthians]] 1:24).
It is often called a "Russian" cross, but it actually predates the [[Church of Russia|Christianization of Russia]] in 988 AD, although generally, the bottom bar is horizontal rather than angled. Very early depictions of the crucifixion, even those originating in [[Church of Alexandria|Egypt]], generally portray the triple bar cross.
In certain parts of Central and Eastern Europe, the triple bar cross with a slanted footrest may indicate that a given church is an Orthodox one, while a triple bar cross with a horizontal footrest indicates that a given church is a [[
Eastern Rite Catholic|Byzantine Rite]], or Greek Catholic, one.
In [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode Unicode], this cross is U+2626 (<font size="+3">☦</font>).
*[http://www.saintvladimir.com/article.php?id=52 The Cross] ([[OCA]])
*[http://www.oca.org/QA.asp?ID=25&SID=3 The Russian Orthodox Cross] (OCA)