The Tau

This is the Tau or Cross of Saint-Anthony the Great (250-355).

This cross, originating in the key of life for the ancient Pharaohs were adopted by the Early Coptic Christians of Egypt.

As a Christian symbol, this cross developed a rich significance:

  • Biblical: as sign of election, salvation, confirmation;
  • Theological: as sign of death, resurrection, hope;
  • Monastic: as sign of contemplation, Virgil from the monastic tradition of Saint-Anthony and his cane.
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