The Chrismons, the white, home-made ornaments placed on your Christmas tree, are all various symbols of Jesus Christ our Lord. They are the story of His life and mission for us and for the world.
TRIANGLE & CIRCLE: These are symbols of the divinity of Jesus. The Circle, with no beginning and no end, symbolizes eternity. The Triangle is a symbol of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The child born at Christmas is the eternal Son of God.
IHS: Iota-Eta-Sigma are the first three letters in the Greek name, Jesus, which means Savior. As the angel announced to Joseph: "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20-21).
ROSE: “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom with flowers. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendour of our God.” (Isaiah 35:1-2) Isaiah’s prophecy that the desert would blossom as a rose was fulfilled when Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea.
FLEUR DE LIS (Lily): “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valley.” (Song of Songs 2:1)
CHI-RHO: Chi and Rho are the first two letters of the Greek word “CHRISTOS,” that is Christ. This is the name and title which the angels gave to the Child of Bethlehem when they announced his birth to the shepherds. Christos in Hebrew is Messiah.
FISH: ICHTHUS, the Greek word for “fish”, forms an acrostic on the first letters of “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.” The fish is one of the most ancient symbols of our Lord, an ancient confession of faith in Him. Fish symbols are found in the catacombs in Rome.