The Chrismons… IHS

 

The Chrismon IHS is a Christogram, a monogram or combination of letters that makes an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ. The IHS is traditionally used as a religious symbol or Chrismon in the Christian Church.

Contrary to the belief, the meaning of IHS is not, In His Service, though the message contained in that idea is actually a good thought. We should be in Jesus’ service.

In actuality, IHS comes from the Greek. It is an abbreviation of the name IHΣΟΥΣ which is the Greek spelling of Jesus.

The Eastern Orthodox Church arranges the letters or letters similar, into a cross. The letters used are the first letters of Christ or Jesus Christ in the Greek language.

In the West, the “IHS” Christogram appeared first on coins during the time of Justinian II. This took place during the 7th and 8th centuries A.D. The monogram appeared using both “IHS” and “IHC.”

Within the Roman Catholic faith, Jesuits adopted IHS as its emblem during the 1600s.

 

As with Chrismons, we have already seen, IHS also is attached to legend surrounding the Roman Emperor Constantine. It is said that before the battle against Maxentius in 312 A.D. Constantine had a vision of the “IHS” inscription on a cross.

Some commentators believe the abbreviation “IHS” actually came from Egyptian mythology. Present knowledge, however, is unable to confirm this understanding.

This Chrismon, as with the Chi Rho, points us toward the one for whom we journey to Bethlehem each Advent. IHS points us to Jesus.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Source: Wikipedia

 

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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