This cross is the official emblem of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher. It is believed that it was originally developed for the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It is also called the “Cross of the Crusaders”, as it was used by the Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land.

There are some commonly used interpretations:

Five Wounds of Christ:  One of the interpretations of the Jerusalem Cross is that it would be a representation of the five wounds of Christ. The smaller crosses would be the wounds on Jesus' hands and feet and the larger one, the wound opened by the spear.

Teaching: It is seen as a combination symbol of the teachings of the Old Testament (Tau Crosses) and those of the New Testament (Greek Crosses)

Evangelism: Spread the gospel throughout the world. A mission that started in Jerusalem.

Four Gospels: It represents the authors of the gospels who helped to spread the word of Jesus to the four corners of the world.

Beatitudes: Sign of commitment to the way that Jesus Christ taught how to reach the kingdom of heaven.

Meaning of Jerusalem Cross Tattoo:

  • Faith
  • Christ
  • Connection of Jesus with the Holy Land
  • Four Gospels
  • sacrifice of God for man
  • Evangelism
  • Teaching
  • Christ's wounds
  • beatitudes
  • kingdom of heaven

See some images of tattoos with the Cross of Jerusalem:

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