Thursday, March 8, 2012

I am thankful today for ancient things


Today I give thanks for ancient things. This coffee mug has fish which is a very ancient symbol that Christians used. 

(Ichthys, from Koine Greekἰχθύς, (capitalized ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ) is the Greek word for "fish". (Alternative transliterations include Ichthus andIkhthus[citation

ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthys) is an acronym for "ησοῦς 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[3] (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.

So today I am thankful for ancient symbols, and ancient writings, and the ancient Christians who lived out and proclaimed their faith.

Last of all I am glad winter is over! even though here it was mild. Here is a picture of my grandson



  1. I have always loved the sign of the fish (o:
    He was lovin walking in the snow!!!

  2. We have so much to be thankful for. Your little grandson is adorable, we got some new snow today, also.
    Hugs, Cindy

  3. that's a great mug! and a great post. i love collecting fish too and i have a necklace that i made with many different fish charms from all over.