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Why are the crosses upside down?

Published: November 24, 2004   

Visitors to this site might wonder, "Why are those crosses upside down on the Web site background? Did someone hack into your site and change the crosses?"

The short answer is No. For a longer explanation, read on.

The "upside down crosses" are part of the Diocese of Little Rock's coat of arms.

The small, inverted crosses are a reference to St. Peter, the "petra" or rock, upon whom the Church was founded by Jesus Christ. According to tradition, before he was martyred, St. Peter said he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. The Romans, therefore, crucified Peter upside down with his head pointed downward.

Just in case you were wondering, the coat of arms also includes a cross in the form of an X that represents St. Andrew, who was crucified on a X-shaped cross.

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