When learning about a country, or a specific religion, one of the first things we are interested in is the symbolic flag. Because the flag’s appearance displays nationalism, religion, rebellion, and everything else in between, its symbolism must tell the story of the nation itself, religion itself. Moreover, it represents the freedom, dignity, and true meaning of being an individual of that country or religion. Through this article, Blog Flagwix will detail the Christian flag symbolism, representing America’s most prominent faith.
How Is The Christian Flag's Look?
It is common to see the Christian flag outside buildings, churches, or different occasions and events in many parts, especially in Latin America, North America, and Africa. So what does it look like so that you will immediately recognize it as a symbol of Christianity when you look at it?
Generally, A plain white background holds the dominant position on the Christian flag. Additionally, in the top left corner of the flag is a blue canton (a quarter of a flag, especially on the upper hoist-side) with a red Latin cross on it.
Color And Cross Symbolism In Christianity
To understand the symbolic meaning of the Christian flag more clearly, we need first to know about the significance of color and cross in Christian symbolism.
The meanings associated with color in Christian worship, art, architecture, and design are summarized as follows:
Yellow is the symbol of light and purity. It speaks of youth, happiness, the harvest, hospitality, love, and benevolence.
Symbolic of endurance and strength, orange is the color of fire and flame. It represents the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom. It is the symbol of the sun.
Green symbolizes the breaking of shackles, freedom from bondage. It is the color of fertility. In the Christian context, it represents bountifulness, hope, and the victory of life over death. It is one of the colors associated with Christmas and the long season of the Trinity in summer.
Signifies action, fire, charity, spiritual awakening. It also glorifies the sun and the joy of life and love. In the Christian symbolism, it denotes Holy Spirit. It is the color of Pentecost.
Black may also denote death, fear, and ignorance to represent the absolute, constancy, eternity, or the womb. Besides, Black is the liturgical color of Good Friday.
Brown is symbolic of the earth and was often the color of a monk’s robe, signifying humility and God’s connection with the commonplace and the ordinary.
Blue signifies the blue skies or the life-giving air and often represents hope or good health. It is an alternate color for the season of Advent.
Purity, virginity, innocence, and birth, are symbolized by this color. White is the liturgical color of Christmas and Easter.
Purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience, and trust. It is the liturgical color used during the seasons of penance; Advent and Lent.
The Christian Cross
For many Christians, this is the symbol of Christianity. The cross is one of the earliest and most widely used Christian symbols. It represents Christianity in general and the crucifixion in particular. With the possible exception of the face and figure of Jesus, the cross is the preeminent symbol of Christianity.
The simplest and most common cross is the Latin cross, pictured here. It came into use during the 2nd or 3rd centuries. The empty cross, favored by Protestants, reminds Christians of the resurrection. In contrast, Catholic and Orthodox Christians prefer the crucifix with the body of Jesus on it and calls to mind the sacrifice of Christ.
The cross of Calvary or Graded Cross has three steps leading up to it, which can represent the hill of calvary or faith, hope, and love.
The papal cross is the official symbol of the papacy, and only the Pope may use it. The three bars of the cross most likely represent the three realms of the Pope’s authority: the church, the world, and heaven.
The budded cross is a common form of the cross. Its trefoils represent the Trinity.
The triumphant cross with orb represents Christ’s reign over the world. We can see it atop Christ’s scepter in Christian art.
An inverted cross is the cross of St. Peter, who, according to tradition, was crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die the same way as Christ. Catholics believe the pope to be a successor of St. Peter. The inverted cross is a popular symbol connected with the papacy, such as on the papal throne and in papal tombs. It also symbolizes humility because of the story of Peter.
The Meaning Behind The White Flag With Blue Square And Red Cross
White Color Of The Christian Flag Background
The background is white. From Christian medieval art until now, the white color symbolizes innocence, purity, and virtue. It remains the representative color for all Christian high Holy Days, such as Christmas and Easter.
A Red Cross In A Blue Canton
In the top left corner of the flag is a blue canton (a quarter of a flag, especially on the upper hoist-side) with a red Latin cross on it.
The blue canton characterizes heavenly grace. It also represents the water of baptism, likewise the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. In addition, the Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing blue. According to Christian symbolism, blue also symbolize the color of the unclouded sky and the home of Christian.
The red color of the cross symbolizes the Holy Spirit. It is also the color of Pentecost or Whitsunday. Likewise, red represents the color of Christian martyrs who suffered death for their faith.
When displayed alone, the Christian flag should be on floor level on the far outside of the congregation’s front right point of view. If displayed on the chancel, choir loft, or communion railing, the Christian flag should be placed to the far right of the clergymen, alter, and choir – always facing the congregation.
Flags of Christian denominations
Catholic Churches in communion with the Holy See often display the Vatican flag and their respective national flag, typically on opposite sides of the sanctuary, near the front door, or hoisted on flagstaffs outside.
Christian flag, while there is no one official flag of all Christian churches, by common usage, a so-called Christian flag has come to be recognized by a number of them. It consists of a white rectangular field with a blue rectangle in the upper corner at the mast side, containing a red Latin cross.
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