X is for Xristos

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter X

Xristos is Greek for Christ.  It does not really begin with X.  The first letter is the Greek capital letter Chi, which is identical to X in some fonts.  The entire word in Greek capitals is ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ.

There is a symbol consisting of two Greek letters, which can be seen in many churches.  It is ChiRho (ΧΡ).

The first time I took part in Blogging from A to Z in April, I wrote a post about xenophobia (the fear of strangers) for the letter X.  It is interesting to note that Jesus was born among strangers in Bethlehem and was taken to safety in the foreign land of Egypt.  As he travelled around during his three years of teaching, he met people of other races and cultures.  What can we learn from Him about xenophobia?

(For names in this post beginning with earlier letters, I hope the A to Z contents is up-to-date.)

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2 thoughts on “X is for Xristos

  1. It’s absolutely fascinating, isn’t it? The ages of translation that have come to pass. The multitude of languages that names have had to endure. Changing from symbols to letters as Alphabet became a “thing.” And then the very long period where the world was mostly illiterate. It’s amazing where we are today. History is fascinating.

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