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IHS Christian Symbol

  • The Importance of Catholic Symbolism or Icons in Religious Art
  • Religious Information, Meaning and Definition of IHS Christian Symbol
  • IHS Christian and Religious symbolism with Bible References
  • Symbolism and early religious meaning in art of the IHS Christian Symbol
  • Religious Christian Symbolism
  • Ancient history, biblical meanings and practices of the church
  • Facts, Information, Meanings and Definitions about symbols
  • Significance and representations of the IHS Christian Symbolism

The Meaning of the IHS as a Catholic Christian Symbol

Catholic Christian symbolism in art provides a clear graphic illustration which represents people or items of religious significance. What is the definition and the meaning of the IHS? The IHS Christian Emblem is a Monogram which represents the Holy Name of Jesus consisting of the three letters: IHS. During the Middle Ages, the Name of Jesus was written: IHESUS. The monogram, or emblem, IHS contains the first and last letter of the Holy Name.

The letters IHS referring to this monogram do not contain periods, or full stops, after each letter as it is an abbreviation of the name IHESUS.

The Definition and Meaning of the I.H.S. as a Catholic Symbol
The I.H.S. Christian Emblem (containing periods, or full stops) is an acronym of the Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator which translates as Jesus, Saviour of man. Saint Ignatius Loyola is represented in Religious Art by the monogram of the Jesuit order, I. H. S.

Christian Symbolism
The definition and the meaning of Symbols or Icon in early religious art forms. A Catholic sign or icon, such as the IHS Symbol, is an emblem, object, character, figure, or color used to represent abstract ideas or concepts - a picture that represents an idea. A religious icon, such as the IHS Symbol, is an emblem, monogram or symbolic representation with sacred significance. The meanings, origins and ancient traditions surrounding Christian symbols date back to early times when the majority of ordinary people were not able to read or write and printing was unknown. Many were 'borrowed' or drawn from early pre-Christian traditions. 

IHS Christian Symbol

  • The Importance of Catholic Symbolism or Icons in Religious Art
  • Religious Information, Meaning and Definition of the IHS Catholic Art Symbolism
  • IHS Religious symbolism
  • Symbolism and early religious meaning in art of the IHS Christian Symbol
  • Ancient history, biblical meanings and practices of the church
  • Facts, Information, Meanings and Definitions about symbols
  • IHS Religious Christian Symbolism
  • Significance and representations of the IHS Christian Symbolism
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