Where does come from?
A Latin cross emoji was approved as part of Unicode 1.1 way back in 1993 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. It’s depicted on most platforms as a simple cross form on a purple or pink background, though some, like Samsung and Facebook, simply show the cross on a white background.
The cross is meant to evoke the crucifixion of Jesus. It’s used by people who are referencing their faith or their church and by people who are simply referencing Jesus or religion in many different contexts. It can also be used to indicate prayer or spirituality in a post or message. But, it’s not the only religious emoji … Unicode also includes other generic symbols, like the cross, that represent some of the world’s other religions, such as the Om symbol.
Who uses ?
There are many instances where using the Latin cross emoji is desirable. A message might be serious, sobering, and heartfelt, or it might be one of joy, discovery, or occasionally just a whimsical bit of humor. It might be used in a discussion of religion, alongside other emojis such as the Jewish Star of David or the Islamic star and crescent, for example.
The emoji is often used when people have a need for prayer or when they are expressing love or remembrance of someone who has passed on.
Can you guys do me a favor? Please, pray for my sister. She has arthritis and she got fainted today. Me and my parents are going to take her to the hospital. I am very worried about my sister 😢✝️🙏🏻 #pleaseforher
— Christian Landazuri 🔥The Legendary HotCheetoManX) (@HotCheetoManX) August 21, 2018
My sister and I got tattoos today, remembering my dad from old letters he sent us with his handwriting. Took me a little while to listen to his advice but I think I got it. 🤷🏻♂️ 😘 Now I will never forget it. Love you dad. ✝️❤️😊 pic.twitter.com/v2fPDz5QFH
— Jax (@mrjaxtaylor) August 20, 2018
It’s used when they see the glory of God in something they love, and, yes, it could be football!
It’s a Glorious Game and so beautiful played a certain way ⚓️✝️🏈❄️🐉 pic.twitter.com/IDKuuK8QDe
— Sam Greiner (@coachSamGreiner) August 20, 2018
People also use it to affirm and express their own deeply felt beliefs.
If God could close the mouths of lions for Daniel, part the red seas for Moses, make the sun stand still for Joshua, open the prison for Peter, put a baby in the arms of Sarah, and raise Lazarus from the dead THEN He can certainly take care of you. NOTHING is too big for Him.
— Drizzy Drake ✝️ (@drakedavidson12) August 20, 2018
And of course, it can be used with a little humor to remind us all that being our best selves isn’t always easy …
I need to be better and less bad
— woke space jesuit 🏳️🌈✝️ (@quthbert) August 20, 2018