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Do you know what the IHS stands for when seen atop a Crucifix?

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 2:12 PM on Jul. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The IHS is a symbolic monogram of Christ used by the Roman Catholic Church. the letters of which are also used to spell out the phrase "Iesous Hominum Salvator," or "Jesus, savior of man." in greek.
    collinsmommy_06

    Answer by collinsmommy_06 at 2:18 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Christ's monograms..or so I have been led to believe
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 2:18 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Great post!
    I never knew that, collinsmommy!
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 2:22 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • LOL, yes I do. This may upset some Catholics, but that IHS has been around long before there was a Catholic Church and it didn't originally have anything to do with Christ.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 2:24 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • "IHS" is sometimes interpreted as meaning Iesus Hominum Salvator ("Jesus, Savior of men" in Latin) or connected with In Hoc Signo. (In hoc signo vinces is the rendition in Latin of the Greek phrase "εν τούτω νίκα", en toutō nika, meaning "in this [sign] you will conquer".)
    crystaleve29

    Answer by crystaleve29 at 2:40 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christogram
    crystaleve29

    Answer by crystaleve29 at 2:40 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Oh really Lexy? Got any info on that?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • I looked it up Jennijune, I can't take credit for it....LOL!
    collinsmommy_06

    Answer by collinsmommy_06 at 2:52 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • Lexy, do you have a link for that?
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 2:59 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

  • What DOES it mean then Lexy??
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Jul. 24, 2009

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