The Chi-Rho Symbol

The chi-rho symbol in the bottom left pane is important for at least two reasons:

First, the chi-rho symbol itself is formed by superimposing the first two letters in the Greek word,

(XP), which means “Christ,”  or anointed one.  This reminds us that the Christian church is built on the foundational belief that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Messiah, the Promised One and that we are to await no other.  He alone is the Head of the Church which bears his name, and which our church bears in its very first word:  Christ Congregational Church.

Secondly,  the chi-rho symbol is quite possibly the oldest monogram of Christianity, with examples of it having been found written on the walls of the Roman catacombs where early Christians hid and met in secret.  Therefore, we feel that this ancient symbol reminds us of our historical connection with all our brothers and sisters in the faith, that great cloud of witnesses, who have gone before us.  In other words, though we are a 21st century church start, we know we are not blazing a new trail so much as joining in a “new walk down an ancient path.”   And we celebrate that historical connection.