Monday, January 20, 2014

The Meaning of IHS on Christian Objects

The Church often uses common symbols to illustrate things; the problem comes when these common symbols lose their meaning!  One example is the monogram "IHS" on sanctuary objects:

In the Greek New Testament the name of Jesus is spelled IhsouV (pronounced as yā-sous).  In all capital letters it would be IHSOUS.  Take the first three letters, IHS (Iota, Eta, Sigma) and you have IHS in our script.

Mystery solved!