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Notice the bottom of the cross, with the diagonal line. What does it represent/symbolize (if anything)?

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It represents the piece of wood (part of the cross) upholding or supporting the victim's feet; one can get a much clearer view of it in icons depicting Christ's crucifixion.


According to Russian Orthodox Tradition, the lower horizontal piece was bent by the extreme agony Christ suffered on the Cross.

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