Symbols of the Church

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Symbols of the Church

On this page you will find the meaning behind the symbols throughout our Church and any other Greek Orthodox Church. These are symbols of the Old Testament, New Testament, Apostles and Saints.

The Holy Spirit is symbolized by the dove

The Dove expresses innocence and purity.  It signifies the Holy Spirit and the presence of God as hovering over the water at creation and above Jesus at his baptism.  The symbol must always include the three-rayed nimbus.

Tables of Stone with the Ten Commandments

The Tables of Stone with the Ten Commandments is represented here by a two-fold tablet.   Our church shows four numbers for the first table and six on the second table, but this layout can vary within other church bodies.

Escallop Shell with Drops of Water is a symbol of our Lord's baptism.

The Escallop Shell with Drops of Water is a symbol of our Lord’s baptism.

The Fish

The Fish was a secret sign used by the early persecuted Christians to designate themselves as believers in Jesus.  The initial letters of the Greek words for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior”, spell the Greek word for fish.