Showing posts with label Christian Symbols. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christian Symbols. Show all posts

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lily Crucifix


We just learned about the Elemental Symbols of fire and water as symbols of Christianity.

Another Christian symbol is the Lily Crucifix.

This is a picture of Christ either being crucified on a lily flower, or holding a lily flower.
The white lily is sometimes used as a symbol of purity.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Elemental Symbols


We just learned about the Shamrock.

Another Christian symbol is the symbol for fire or water.

Sometimes just pictures of dripping water are meant to show baptism, or pictures of fire are for when the holy spirit came down on the apostles at pentecost.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Shamrock


We just learned about the Christian symbol of the anchor.

Another symbol is the shamrock.

This is a three leaf clover, and is used sometimes to mean God, Jesus and the Holy spirit.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Anchor


We just learned about the Christian Symbol of the Pelican.

Another Christian symbol is the Anchor.

The anchor was seen as something that was very safe, and something that you could hold on to if you needed to be strong.
(from: wikipedia - category:anchors on stained glass windows)


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pelican


We just learned about the Christian symbol of the Peacock.

Another symbol is the Pelican.

There are legends about pelicans being such loving mothers than if their children were starving they would use their beak to poke themselves so that the babies could survive from their own blood.

Because Jesus died on the cross and and had the nails poke through his hands, the pelican is like a way to think of Jesus suffering for his children in the same way.


(from: wikipedia - Christian Symbolism)


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Peacock


We just learned about the Christian symbol of the Dove.

Another Christian symbol is the Peacock.

Long ago people thought that the peacock's body did not get old after it died, so it was like a symbol of living forever like Jesus.

The large parts of the peacock's tail that look like eyes were thought of like the all seeing eyes of God.
Soemtimes pictures of peacocks drinking water were used as symbols of Christians drinking from the waters of eternal life.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


(from: wikipedia - peafowl)


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dove


We just learned about the Christian symbol of The Good Shepherd.

Another Christian symbol is the Dove.

When Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit came down on him like a dove from the sky.
The dove was also the bird that brought an olive branch to Noah after the flood.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Good Shepherd


We just learned about the Christian symbol of the Iota Chi - IX Monogram.

Another Christian Symbol is the Good Shepherd.

In the Bible, Jesus Christ is called the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.


(from: wikipedia - good shepherd)


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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Iota Chi - IX Monogram


We just learned about the Christian Symbol of Iota Eta - IH Monogram.

Another Christian symbol is the Iota Chi - IX Monogram.

The Greek letter Iota (Ι) is the first letter in the Greek spelling for Jesus: ἸΗΣΟῦΣ
and the Greek letter Chi (Χ) is the first letter in the Greek spelling for Christ: ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ

So Iota and Chi were crossed together mean Jesus Christ.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Iota Eta - IH Monogram


We just learned about the Christian symbol Chi Rho.

Another Christian symbol is the Iota Eta, also called the IH Monogram.

In Greek, Jesus is spelled ἸΗΣΟῦΣ.

Ἰ - Iota
Η - Eta
Σ - Sigma
Ο - Omicron
ῦ - Upsilon
Σ - Sigma

Iota is like an I, and Eta is like an H.
Sometimes people would combine the ἸΗ into one symbol to mean Jesus.



(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Chi-Rho


We just learned about Staurogram.

Another Christian symbol is the Chi-Rho.

In the Greek language, the name for Christ was spelled ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, and sounded like "Christos".
Χ - Chi
Ρ - Rho
Ι - Iota
Σ - Sigma
Τ - Tau
Ο - Omicron
Σ - Sigma

The first two letters Chi and Rho, ΧΡ, were put together as a symbol to mean Christ.

Over 1,500 years ago one of the Emperors of Rome named Constantine became a Christian, and he had his armies put the Chi Rho symbol on their shields and armor to show that he was fighting for Christ.


(from: wikipedia - chi rho)


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Staurogram


We just learned about the symbols Alpha and Omega.

Another Christian symbol is the Staurogram, which is like the letter P crossed with the letter T.

It comes from the greek word stauros, which means cross.
Some people think it also looks like Jesus on a cross.


(from: wikipedia - staurogram)


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Alpha and Omega


We just learned about the Christian Ichthys symbol.

Another symbol Christians use is the Alpha and Omega.

In the Greek alphabet, the first letter is the letter Alpha which looks like an A.
The last letter is Omega, which looks like an O but like a horseshoe.

In the book of Revelation it says "I am the Alpha and the Omega meaning that God is the beginning of everything and the end of everything, and everything in the middle.


(from: wikipedia - alpha and omega)


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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ichthys


We just learned about the christian symbol of the crucifix.

Another symbol is the ichthys, pronounced ick-thes.

The word ichthys is Greek for fish, and was used as an acronym to mean Jesus.

Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus".
Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed."
Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos," Greek for "God."
Upsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)yios[5] (Υἱός), Greek for "Son".
Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Savior."

Long ago there were some people that really did not like Christians, and so they had to find ways to hide who they were, and to send messages to each other.
So they would draw a picture of the fish as a secret way to mean Jesus.


(from: wikipedia - ichthys)


(from: wikipedia - ichthys)


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Crucifix


We just learned about the Christian symbol of the Cross.

Another Christian symbol is the crucifix.

This is a cross that shows Jesus on the cross being crucified.
Many churches have these crucifixes as artwork by their altar, and some people carry around a crucifix instead of just a cross.


(from: wikipedia - christian symbolism)


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cross


We've learned all about the Church Calendar.

Let's learn about some of the symbols used in the Christian Church.

The most well known symbol used is the Cross.

Crosses come in all shapes and sizes, and are used to help remember when Jesus was crucified on the cross.


(from: wikipedia - Christian cross)


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