Either a cross, a fish or a crib: Christian symbols are often encountered in everyday life - and not only in church or the cemetery. But we often know little about their origins. And what is their meaning? Learn more about the religious symbols of Christianity in this article.
Table of contents
- History of Christian symbols
- What important religious symbols are there in Christianity and what do they mean?
- PX monogram of Christ
- Alpha and Omega
- Vine and wine
- Lamb of God
- Bread and wine
- Nativity scene
- What Christian symbols are depicted on gravestones?
- Hands in prayer
History of Christian symbols
Traditional symbols are extremely diverse in Christianity. They can be divided into two groups: on the one hand, purely Christian symbols, and on the other symbols that come from other religions or have other meanings that have been reinterpreted by the new faith. The original symbol of the early Christians was not the cross, but the monogram of Christ XP (first letters Chi and Rho of the Greek orthography ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ "Christ"). Moreover, at that time the followers of Jesus used a stylised fish as a secret sign to identify themselves as Christians. These signs were used more and more frequently in everyday life. They can be found on the walls of Roman catacombs, on jewellery, lamps and vases. It was only in the 5th century that the cross became the central symbol of Christianity.
What important religious symbols are there in Christianity and what do they mean?
Christianity has many religious symbols. Learn about the most important symbols and their meaning below.
The Cross is the most important symbol of Christianity. It commemorates Jesus' death on the cross and thus the central event of the Christian faith. On the one hand, the cross represents the sacrificial death of Jesus, but at the same time it symbolises his resurrection from the dead. It is venerated as a religious symbol of the reconciliation with God given by Jesus for example during the devotion to the cross on Good Friday. Crosses can be found in various forms not only in churches, but also in private homes, where they adorn God's corner. Christians also wear the cross as an ornament to show that they belong to the Christian faith.
By the way: a cross with the body of Jesus is called a crucifix. At Lignoma you will find numerous wooden crosses for your house. You can find out more about the origin and meaning of the cross in the article "the cross as symbol of christianity".
Christmas Eve: Why do we celebrate it?
According to its original meaning, Christians gather on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Non-Christian people also celebrate this day as a family holiday with presents. Learn more about the history and meaning of the day as well as traditional Christmas Eve dishes in this article.
Father Christmas: Who is he really?
As Christmas season approaches, children big and small begin to wait patiently for Father Christmas to arrive. But where does the symbolic figure of Father Christmas come from? And what does he look like in other countries? We give you the answers to these and many other questions in this article.
Advent Calendar: History & Meaning
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