The Symbols of Advent and Christmas: Christian Monograms

A Chrismon is an ornament that is made in the shape of a Christian symbol representing Jesus Christ
(Christ + Monogram = Chrismon). Chrismons remind us of the breadth of the story of Christ.
These are some of the Chrismons you will find on the tree at Grace.

Alpha and Omega

The first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet are used in this Chrismon to signify that Christ is the beginning and ending of all things. This is mentioned in the Bible in Revelation 1:8.

The Anchor Cross

The Anchor Cross reminds Christians that Jesus is the anchor of their faith.

The Chi-Rho

The Chi-Rho looks like a ‘P’ with an ‘X’ on top of it. These two letters are the first two letters
of the Greek word ‘Christos’ which means Christ.

The Christmas Rose

The Christmas Rose symbolizes the nativity of Jesus.

The Circle and Cross

The circle represents eternal life, with no beginning or end. When combined with the Latin cross,
this Chrismon tells us that Christ died for us that we might have eternal life.

The Crown

The Crown is the symbol that Jesus is King. It shows that Christians believe
Jesus is ruler over heaven and the earth.

The Dove

The Dove is the symbol of peace and the Holy Spirit. It is shown pointing down to represent
the Holy Spirit that appeared as a Dove when Jesus was baptized.

Eight-Pointed Star

An Eight-Pointed Star represents baptism and regeneration.

The Triquetra

The Triquetra represents the Christian ‘Trinity’ of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The triquetra
is made of three loops making a triangle representing the three co-equal parts of the Trinity.

The Triumphant Cross

The Triumphant Cross represents the earth with the cross on top. It symbolizes
Jesus is triumphant over anything we can face in the world.