October 2018

For The full news letter click the link. October Newsletter 2018

To begin with, thank you for the notes, suggestions and especially the questions. You will be hearing on those question as we go forward. And this article is in answer to one of them.

What do the initials IHS stand for?

Some of the common thoughts on what the initials stand for include; “I have suffered” and “In His Service” neither of which are correct. Where we get a little lost in these initials is we assume they are English. Others think they were Latin initials leading to several misinterpretations such as Iesus Humilis Societas – Humble Society of Jesus,;Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, Savior of men. They are actually Greek (ΙΗΣ), iota-eta-sigma. In their use here, they are a contraction of a Greek name ΙΗΣΟΥΣ or in English Jesus.

The Christogram IHS is a monogram symbolizing Jesus Christ and dates back to the fourth century. As the legend goes, Constantine the Great saw a banner with the HIS inscription that led him to victory over Maxentius in 312, but that is only legend.

The Christogram’s origin was more that of a secret symbol, similar to the drawing of the fish, to allow others to know that the bearer was a Christian and was often inscribed on tombs when Christians were persecuted. The Eastern Orthodox faith also used the Christogram composed of the letters X and P and I and X arranged into the cross. They are the first letters of one from two words in Greek language: Christ and Jesus Christ.

So there is your history lesson for the month!
See you Sunday,

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