Christian Symbols

This page lists of the various symbols in the Christian Symbols group.

Christian signs and symbols.

Symbols in this group:

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega, alpha (α or Α) and omega (ω or Ω), are the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet and are an appellation of Christ or of God in the Book of Revelation. These couple of letters are used as Christian symbols, and are often combined with the Cross, Chi-rho, or other Christian symbols.

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Anchor Cross

This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

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Anchor Cross (alternate #1) or White lead

This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

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Anchor Cross (alternate #2)

This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

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Apocalyptic Trees, Merlán, Galicia

Symbols carved on the lintel above the South Door of the Church of San Salvador, Merlán, Galicia, Spain

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Apple

One of the most symbolic of all fruits, apples have held a central place in the traditions of many cultures.

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Canterbury cross

The Canterbury Cross is one of the crosses that are used to symbolise the Christian faith. It is so called because it was designed after a Saxon brooch, dating ca. 850 that was found in 1867 in Canterbury, England.[

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Celtic Cross

Celtic cross (Irish: cros Cheilteach, Scottish Gaelic: crois Cheilteach, Manx: crosh Cheltiagh, Welsh: croes Geltaidd, Cornish: krows geltek, Breton: kroaz geltek) is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection.

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Cherry

Small yet succulent, cherries are an interesting fruit from a symbolic perspective. Separate and distinct from cherry blossoms, the fruit has its own set of meanings, many of which are starkly different from the flower that precedes it.

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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.

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Christian Cross

The Christian cross, seen as a representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is the best-known religious symbol of Christianity.

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Christian Flag

The Christian Flag is a flag designed in the early 20th century to represent all of Christianity and Christendom, and has been most popular among Christian churches in North America, Africa and Latin America.

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Christian Symbols

Meanings to Christian Symbols

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Coral

Found primarily in warm or tropical waters, coral presents a somewhat enigmatic facade that nonetheless carries multiple symbolic meanings.

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Cross of Tau

The Cross of Tau, named after the Greek letter it resembles, is suspected to have originated with the Egyptians. It has been a symbol to many cultures before Christianity, including a mention in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. It has been adopted by Christianity as a representation of the Cross. It is strongly identified with the bull in the astrological sign of Taurus.

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Cross of the Evangelists

A variation of the Christian Cross.

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Dates

The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago, and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, date palm trees hold symbolic importance in their own right.

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Dove

With its pure white feathers, softly rounded body and gentle demeanor, the dove is one of the most ubiquitous symbols of peace, innocence and purity. On the other hand, the dove’s symbolism is considerably more complex than notions such as these, and in some cases those complexities can prove quite surprising.

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Duck

Compared to other birds such as the peacock or the eagle, the duck seems like a rather unimpressive and unremarkable fowl. Appearances are often deceptive, however, and this creature has more symbolic importance than might be expected.

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Ethiopian cross

Ethiopian crosses are symbols of Christianity in Ethiopia.

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Evangelization Cross

This form of the Christian cross represents the process of evangelization.

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Evangelization Cross (alternate #1)

This form of the Christian cross represents the process of evangelization.

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Evangelization Cross (alternate #2)

This form of the Christian cross represents the process of evangelization.

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Eye of Providence ( or all-seeing eye of God)

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle.

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Fig

As one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, the fig is a potent symbol in many cultures.

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Fox

The fox carries important meaning in a number of cultures, and the nature of its symbolism varies quite widely, both between cultures and sometimes within them. While some of these meanings are quite well known, the fox also possesses a number of less obvious associations.

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Globus cruciger

The globus cruciger (Latin) is an orb (globus) topped with a cross (cruciger), a Christian symbol of authority used throughout the Middle Ages on coins, iconography and royal regalia. It symbolises Christ's (the cross) dominion over the world (the orb), literally held in the dominion of an earthly ruler (or sometimes celestial being such as an angel). The first known use was in 423 on the reverse side of the coins of Emperor Theodosius II.

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Ichthys

Ichthys (also Ichthus or Ikhthus /ˈɪkθəs/[1]), from the Koine Greek word for fish: ἰχθύς, (capitalized ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ) is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish.

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Jerusalem Cross

Dating back nearly 1000 years and also known as the Crusader's Cross, this symbol has been a noteworthy Christian emblem since its creation.

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Maltese Cross

This symbol takes its name from the island nation of Malta in the southern Mediterranean Sea, which it has been associated with since the 16th century and of where a version of the symbol appears on the national flag.

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Nyansapo

Wisdom knot

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Patriarchal cross

The Patriarchal cross is a variant of the Christian cross, the religious symbol of Christianity. Similar to the familiar Latin cross, the Patriarchal cross possesses a smaller crossbar placed above the main one, so that both crossbars are near the top. Sometimes the patriarchal cross has a short, slanted crosspiece near its foot. This slanted, lower crosspiece often appears in Byzantine Greek and Eastern European iconography, as well as Eastern Orthodox churches.

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Peacock

Although indigenous to the Indian sub-continent, the peacock has spread far beyond its native land and acquired symbolic meaning in a number of diverse cultures.

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Scallop Shell

This little marine bivalve holds a great deal of symbolism inside its elegant shell.

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Shamrock (clover)

In modern times, this little weed has come to serve as a visual metaphor for anything connected with Ireland, and many people simply take it at face value. However, the shamrock actually has some interesting history behind it that everyone should know about.

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Shield of the Trinity

The Shield of the Trinity or Scutum Fidei is a traditional Christian visual symbol which expresses many aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity, summarizing the first part of the Athanasian Creed in a compact diagram. In late medieval England and France, this emblem was considered to be the heraldic arms of God (and of the Trinity).

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Snake

It's not much of an exaggeration to say that snakes are the most symbolically charged members of the entire animal kingdom. All across the world, snakes have occupied the entire spectrum between reverence and hatred. What is particularly notable about snakes (although not unique by any means) is that they can be both admired and feared in the same culture without one symbolic facet canceling out the other. Whether they're seen as the embodiment of evil or as the repository of ultimate wisdom, the cultural importance of these creatures cannot be overstated.

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Stag

When it comes to symbolism, the "stag" possesses a separate set of meanings from the “deer”, so this article will only address the former.

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Staurogram

The staurogram, also monogrammatic cross or tau-rho, is a ligature composed of a superposition of the letters tau (Τ) and rho (Ρ).

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Subgenius Sacred IKON

Subgenius Sacred IKON

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Wheat

Perhaps more than any other grain, wheat has established a reputation as both a culinary staple and a cultural symbol. It has been cultivated since the very beginning of human history, and today is one of the most widely grown crops on earth.

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White Rose

Perhaps the most famous of all flowers, the rose has been a prominent symbol for many millennia. The symbolic meanings of this flower are almost innumerable, but one of the easiest ways to catalog them is by the color of individual blossoms.

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