Christian Symbols and Chrismons

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

The cross and the crown together is also known as the symbol of Christ the King.

Butterfly

The metamorphosis that a caterpillar goes through is a perfect illustration for the story of the Christian life and resurrection.

Flame of Pentecost

The flame represents the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in a powerful way.

Fish

The fish is a symbol once used by early Christians to identify fellow believers.

Chi Rho

Christograms like the XP are monograms or initials for “Jesus Christ.”

Lamb Victorious

The lamb standing tall with a banner represents Christ’s triumph over death.

Missionary Cross

The Christian cross, embedded in the globe is sometimes called the missionary cross.

The Holy Trinity

The Trinity is a doctrine of the church used to illustrate the three equal persons of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Six-Pointed Star

The six-pointed star is one of the oldest Christian Symbols for God.

Pelican

The pelican serves as an illustration of self-sacrifice.