Chrismon is a combination of the words Christ and monogram (symbol). Churches often display Chrismons at as ornaments on a Christmas tree.
In historic times of religious persecution, Christian symbols provided a sort of coded language among believers. For example, a simple line drawing of a fish on a wall might look like graffiti but this ichthys or “Jesus fish” was one of the most sacred symbols among early Christians.
Later, the symbols were featured prominently in the stained glass windows of churches. Before Bibles became available and affordable to everyday people, Bible stories could be told and re-told using these familiar, easy to remember depictions.
These videos tell the stories behind some of the most common Christian Symbols.
Cross & Crown
Learn more about the Cross & Crown.
Flame of Pentecost
Learn more about why Christians use a Fish symbol.
Learn more about the Chi-Rho.
Find more about the Lamb Victorious symbol.
Explore the meaning of the Missionary Cross.
The Holy Trinity
Learn more about this symbol that represents the Trinity.
Get more information about the Six-Pointed Star.
Explore the symbol of the Pelican.