Today I give thanks for ancient things. This coffee mug has fish which is a very ancient symbol that Christians used.
(Ichthys, from Koine Greek: ἰχθύς, (capitalized ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ) is the Greek word for "fish". (Alternative transliterations include Ichthus andIkhthus[citation
ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys) is an acronym for "Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", (Iēsous Christos, TheouYios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior".
- Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus".
- Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed".
- Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς,Theos, Greek for "God".
- Ypsilon (y) is the first letter of (h)yios (Υἱός), Greek for "Son".
- Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Savior".)
- The thing that is so cool is this Ichthys was found in the first century catacombs. So when I wrap my hands around this cup I feel like I am connecting to and embracing all of the past of the church . Cool.
Then in reading statements from ancient Christians it makes
me explode in joy. For example this was written: "In
preaching of the holy gospel all should receive a
strengthening of their faith. No one should be ashamed of
the cross of Christ, through which the world has been
redeemed." That was written in the 400's by St. Leo the Great who was a pope.