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Is there a difference between a crucifix and a cross?

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A cross is just a T-shaped symbol whereas a crucifix is a cross with the sacred body of Jesus depicted over it. Cross is displayed over buildings of the Christians such as churches, cathedrals, and schools, whereas crucifix is placed over the altar and Christians pay their prayers in front of the crucifix.

What is the function of crucifixes and crosses?

The crucifix emphasizes Jesus' sacrifice—his death by crucifixion, which Christians believe brought about the redemption of humankind. Most crucifixes portray Jesus on a Latin cross, rather than any other shape, such as a Tau cross or a Coptic cross.

What can we learn from the cross?

You see, Jesus was separated from God because of our sin and its consequences. The cross also teaches us about forgiveness. According to Hebrews 10:10-18, Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for sin for all time. The cross teaches us that forgiveness takes sacrifice even on our part toward others.