What's the meaning of the Chi Rho »

Chi Rho

This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Chi Rho.

Chi Rho

The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of christogram, and is used by some Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" =Christ in such a way to produce the monogram. Although not technically a Christian cross, the Chi-Rho invokes the crucifixion of Jesus, as well as symbolizing his status as the Christ.

The Chi-Rho symbol was also used by pagan Greek scribes to mark, in the margin, a particularly valuable or relevant passage; the combined letters Chi and Rho standing for chrēston, meaning "good." Some coins of Ptolemy III Euergetes (r. 246–222 BC) were marked with a Chi-Rho.

The Chi-Rho symbol was used by the Roman emperor Constantine I as vexillum, which is known as Labarum. Early symbols similar to the Chi Rho were the Staurogram and the IX Monogram.

Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

Categories: Greek Symbols, Religious Symbols.

Chi Rho is part of the Christian Symbols group.

More symbols in Christian Symbols:

Christian signs and symbols. read more »

More symbols in Religious Symbols:

Religious symbolism is the use of symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork, events, or natural phenomena, by a religion. Religions view religious texts, rituals, and works of art as symbols of co… read more »

More symbols in Greek Symbols:

Greek alphabet letters and symbols are used as math and science symbols. read more »

Have a discussion about Chi Rho with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this symbol to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Chi Rho." Symbols.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 23 Oct. 2017. <http://www.symbols.com/symbol/chi-rho>.

We need you!

Are we missing an important symbol in this category?