As its name implies, an upside-down cross is simply a Latin cross turned so that the crosspiece is closer to the bottom than the top. A person hanging on such a cross would be positioned head-downwards. For centuries, the inverted cross was considered a Christian symbol, based on an ancient tradition that the apostle Peter was crucified upside down. One version of the story says that Peter, facing martyrdom by crucifixion, requested that his cross be inverted because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Christ. The upside-down cross, sometimes called the Cross of St. Peter or the Petrine cross, thus became a symbol of humility. The inverted cross is sometimes associated with the pope, who Catholics believe can trace his authority back to Peter.
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Top definition. Inverted Cross. A cross that is upside down, with the short end pointing toward the bottom. Commonly believed to be a satanic symbol, it is actually the opposite; According to legend, St. Peter requested that he be crucified in a different way than Jesus Christ, because he felt that he didn't deserve to die in the same manner as his lord, so the Romans raised his cross with him upside down. That's right, every so-called Satanist who wears the inverted cross is actually showing humility and unworthiness before Christ. If the inverted cross is an anti-Christian symbol, why the hell is it carved on the back of the pope's throne? Aug 16 Word of the Day.
Depending on who you ask, the inverted cross serves either as a symbol of humble Christian faith or of satanic ideals. In this sense, the inverted cross symbolizes humility in faith because Peter would not be crucified in the same manner that the Savior, Jesus Christ , was crucified. Jerome, who was born nearly years after Peter died, affirmed that Peter was crucified upside down.
The Cross of Saint Peter or Petrine Cross is an inverted Latin cross , traditionally used as a Christian symbol , but in recent times also used as an anti-Christian symbol. In Christianity, it is associated with the martyrdom of Peter the Apostle. The symbol originates from the Catholic tradition that when sentenced to death, Peter requested that his cross be upside down, as he felt unworthy of being crucified in the same manner as Jesus. The Petrine Cross is also associated with the papacy, reflecting the Catholic belief that the Pope is the successor of Peter as Bishop of Rome.