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Early Church Christograms

Christogram of Jesus ConquerorEarly Church Christograms, are a combination of letters which form an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ. They use the letters "IC" and "XC" as abbreviations in Greek for the name "Jesus Christ." "NIKA" is a Greek verb used in this particular christogram to mean "conquers", or "conqueror" or even "is victorious." Thus "ICXC NIKA" means "Jesus Christ conquers." In the Christian tradition, we find the letters IC and XC on many wooden display icons of Christ. ✞

Eastern Orthodox Church

ICXC symbol"IC XC NIKA" is technically called "a prosphoron." The letters are stamped upon every loaf of altar bread in the Eastern Orthodox Church. In this way, Christians are invited to share in Holy Communion and be part of a share in Jesus' victory. St Paul refers to our victorious role in Romans 8.37, "We are more than conquerors through him who loved us".✞

Jesus Conqueror

Christogram on CoinJesus Christ's victory is over the works of the devil and over Satan himself. Saint John could therefore say in 1 John 3.8, "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil."

"Jesus Victorious Name"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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