A – Is for Always

This letter is a mix of two Greek letters: A for Alpha and an O for Omega.  (The Greek letter for “O” looks like and upside down “U”)
These 2 letters are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
God said he is “the Alpha and the Omega” which means he is the beginning and the end. (Rev 1:8, 21:6, 22:13)

There is also an infinity sign, because God’s love endures forever. (Psalms 100, 106, 107, 117, 118, 136 )

The green colors and the ivy represent evergreens and our hope for always growing in our faith and love for God.

The cross at the top is for Christ, who died on the cross to save the world.
I wanted this letter to look a bit futuristic because eternity is a long time 🙂 and that is what Jesus promises us- Eternity in heaven with Him.  Heaven is our hope and Final home. It is where every tear is wiped away and there is only love and goodness. (Isaiah 25:8)

A – Is for Always, A Merciful Heart

This “A” is a combination of two iconic images:

  1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus
  2. The Divine Mercy image of Jesus

The Sacred Heart of Jesus burns with love for us. The Heart is the symbolic center of feeling and emotion, and it represents Jesus’ deep love and affection for us. It is red, the color of blood, which Jesus poured out for us (Jn 19:34). Red signifies fervent love, and Jesus loves us so much that he laid down his life for us. (Jn 15:13).

The Flames of fire represent the intensity of the warmth of Jesus’ love for us.

The cross, and crown of thorns (Mt 27:29; Mk 15:17; Jn 19:2,5), also represent the love of Jesus for the entire world. Jesus suffered on our account. He died for this love. Then, He rose from the grave and continues to pour out his Heart/Love to us.

The red rays of light represent the Blood of Jesus poured out for the life of souls. The blue rays of light represent the water of Baptism which makes souls righteous. St. Faustina helps us remember to say the prayer “Jesus, I trust in you.” “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” – Jesus from the diary of St. Faustina.

“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy.”
(Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, 299)

A = ALWAYS

Matthew 28:20

Praying hands – Jesus tells us to pray all the time (Mt 26:41). There are many ways to pray. The prayer that Jesus teaches us is “The Lord’s Prayer” (Mt 6:9-15).

The cross is the best-known symbol of Jesus because Jesus died on a cross for each of us (John 19:17). In a broader sense, the cross is the sign of redemption, salvation, and the Christian Religion (Rev 12:10).

E – is for Emmanuel which means “God with us”.

Matt 1:23

This letter shows our triune God: God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit.

Can you see the word God? The circular holy host is the “O” for the word “God”.  The holy chalice is the “t”. God is with us in Spirit and in Holy Communion.  He is truly present for us.  (Luke 22:19)

Baby Jesus is on the hay in the manger.  He is the “bread of Life”. (John 6) He was born in Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread”.  He has a halo to show he is the Holy sacrifice for the world, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  (John 1:29)

The dove represents the Holy Spirit, that God sent down for us at Pentecost. (Acts 2)

The bright star appeared in the sky to lead the 3 Wise kings to baby Jesus.

I pray The Christian Alphabet helps lead you to know Jesus.  Also, remember God is with us here on earth & He is also in heaven.

F-is for Faith

F2 Angel with trumpet

The verse Matthew 24:30 is what inspired this letter.  It says that Jesus will return to earth again, with power and glory!  When he will come again is unknown, but His angels will blow their trumpets and He will come on the clouds. Will you be ready for Him? He loves you and wants you with Him in His Heavenly Home where He has prepared a place for you. (John 14:3)

Jesus’ Second glorious coming -on the clouds– is in the background of this letter.

As Christians, we have Faith that He Will Come Again to judge the living and the dead.  (Acts 10:42 & 1 Peter 4:5)

F = FAITH

Hebrews 11:1

Smoke quickly disappears, reminding us of how short this life on earth is, and how useless it is to seek earthly glory. “Store up your treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20).

The candles give light to the world, as Christ does. Jesus said he came “as light into the world that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (Lk 12:46). Candles symbolize prayer, devotion, the coming of Christ in Communion, and that Jesus has risen. Three candles represent the Holy Trinity.

The fish is one of the first Christian symbols of Christ. The five Greek letters that form the word ‘fish’ (I, ch, th, u, s) are the initial letters of these five words: ‘Jesus Christ God’s Son Savior’ (Lasous =Jesus, Christos = Christ, Theos = God’s, Uios = Son, Sotar = Savior).

The fish also reminds us to be “fishers of men” –to share the gospel with all (Mark 1:17).

Water (See “R”)

H = HEAVEN

John 14:2

This is the artist’s vision of the pearly gates at the entrance of heaven (Rev. 21:21).

“Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 6:33).

The pearl, a most precious jewel, is known as a symbol of salvation or heaven. “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45).

Jesus prepared a place for us in heaven (John 14:3).

H = HEAVEN

H2 Pillars and altar

The columns (or pillars) represent God. He delivered the Israelites from slavery and led them through the dessert. God never left his place in front of the people. Exodus 13:21 shows us: “The Lord preceded them, in the daytime be means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light.

The altar is “God’s table.” It is a sacred place to offer up sacrifices and where Communion (the Eucharist) is celebrated to remember the Last Supper where Jesus “took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) The act of building an altar means that we are offering everything we have to God. It is a reminder that everything belongs to God.

Book of life, (Phil 4:3, Rev 3:5, 13:8…) or the Book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16) is sometimes called the Lamb’s book (Rev 21:27) or Lord’s book (Exodus 32:32). Jesus says “…rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven!” (Luke 10:20)

The angels worshiping under the altar have placed their wings to form the “mercy seat.” This is part of the arc of the covenant that God designed and told the Israelites to build for Him. (Exodus 25:18-20)

J = JESUS

Romans 10:9

This letter depicts the entire life of Jesus on earth. The dove above Mary’s head signifies that she conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). Baby Jesus on Mary’s lap represents his childhood. This is Jesus’s face as he might have looked as he walked with his disciples, performed miracles, and taught us how to love God and one another. The three crosses represent Jesus’s death. The figure rising from earth represents Jesus resurrected, and ascending into heaven (Luke 18:33, 24:6-7)!
Lamb (see “L”)

K = KINDNESS

Colossians 3:12

The halo (nimbus) is a zone of light. It is a circle, square or triangle, placed behind the head of a holy person. It denotes great dignity, power, and holiness.

The banner is a symbol of victory over death won by Christ. The red cross symbolizes Christ’s blood, shed for us. The white symbolizes purity and peace. The banner is also attributed to military saints and those who carry the gospel to foreign places.

The church represents the body of Christ on earth, us, all Christian people (1 Corinthians 12:12-29). Jesus said, “This is how all will know you for my disciples: your love for one another” (John 13:35). Christ is the head of the body (Ephesians 4:4-5).

K = KINDNESS

Colossians 3:12

The halo (nimbus) is a zone of light. It is a circle, square or triangle, placed behind the head of a holy person. It denotes great dignity, power, and holiness.

The banner is a symbol of victory over death won by Christ. The red cross symbolizes Christ’s blood, shed for us. The white symbolizes purity and peace. The banner is also attributed to military saints and those who carry the gospel to foreign places.

The church represents the body of Christ on earth, us, all Christian people (1 Corinthians 12:12-29). Jesus said, “This is how all will know you for my disciples: your love for one another” (John 13:35). Christ is the head of the body (Ephesians 4:4-5).

K = KINDNESS

Colossians 3:12

The halo (nimbus) is a zone of light. It is a circle, square or triangle, placed behind the head of a holy person. It denotes great dignity, power, and holiness.

The banner is a symbol of victory over death won by Christ. The red cross symbolizes Christ’s blood, shed for us. The white symbolizes purity and peace. The banner is also attributed to military saints and those who carry the gospel to foreign places.

The church represents the body of Christ on earth, us, all Christian people (1 Corinthians 12:12-29). Jesus said, “This is how all will know you for my disciples: your love for one another” (John 13:35). Christ is the head of the body (Ephesians 4:4-5).

Q = QUIET

Psalm 23

The earth God created for us – “Come behold the works of the Lord…Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:8-10).

The world is loud and God whispers (1 Kings 19:12). Once we know the “Good News”/ gospel we are to share it with the world (Matthew 28:19).

The cross with three steps – These steps represent the three virtues of Charity, Hope, and Faith.

The cross represents love (1 Corinthians 13:13). You can walk into the cross. “Our heart is restless Lord, until it rests in you.” – St. Augustine, 420 AD.

U = UNITY

Ephesians 4:3

The chain and children holding hands represent the unity of the Body of Christ. The kids look different, yet are all children of God (Mark 10:14-15). They are stronger when they bond together (Eph 4:4-6).

V = VICTORY

1 Corinthians 15:54

The palm branch is the symbol of victory. It represents Christ’s triumph over death. As Christ rode into Jerusalem, the people went out to meet him waving palm branches (John 12:13).

The banner represents victory over death, the resurrection (John 20). “Behold I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

The letters A and U, for alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  They refer to God; “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord” (Revelation 1:8).

V = VICTORY

V 2 Dove

The dove is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, purity, peace. With the Holy Spirit inside of us we have Victory over death!

For Noah, the dove carried the olive branch to show him the flood waters had abated.

When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, with God saying “This is my beloved Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3). We have Victory in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, Romans 8:37, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Deuteronomy 20:4, Eph 10)

V = VICTORY

V 3 Angel

This angel represents the spiritual warfare that goes on inside every human. Remember we have angels fighting for us! St Michael the Arc Angel, Pray for us. Defend us in battle against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

The Sword stands for fighting and is another name for the Word of God/ The Bible.

We have Victory in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, Romans 8:37, 2 Corinthians 2:14, Deuteronomy 20:4, Eph 10)

In John 16:33 Jesus says “…take heart; I have overcome the world.”

W = WORSHIP

Psalm 100

The Bible /Sacred Scripture – To know God, we study all the books of the Bible (Luke 11:28). “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ.” – St. Jerome, 400 AD.

Amazing Grace musical notes – Singing praise to God is one of the best ways to worship him.  (Psalm 101).

Church pews with People – Jesus prays for the church to be perfectly one, united, as He is with the Father (Jn 17:20-26). We all make mistakes. Forgive and don’t judge (Romans 3:23). We love God by loving others (Lk 10:26-27).

Praying hands (See “P”)

X = EXAMPLE

John 15:12

Do you know your Christian ABC’s? All the Christian Alphabet’s words are in the X.

The X cross is another type of cross that early Christians used before the Latin (†) and Greek (+) crosses became popular.

The two scrolls represent the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible.

Jesus is always our best eXample to follow. He teaches us how to love God and love our neighbor. “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30). Life is the school. Love is the lesson.

Y = YES

Isaiah 45:22

This is Jesus with the little children. You need the simple faith of a child to believe Jesus died on the cross to give us eternal life (Matthew 18:2).

God loves us so much that He gives us the choice (free will) to say “Yes” to Him and His ways, or “No” to Him. We can soften our hearts or harden our hearts towards Jesus. Let us “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of eternal life to which you were called…” (1 Timothy 6:12).

Y = YES

Y 2 Dove

“Yes Lord, we desire to walk in your ways, wait for you, and our hearts say Yes to you.”(Isaiah 26:8)

The dove is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, purity, peace.

When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, with God saying “This is my beloved Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3)

The Book of life is where God writes our name. Book of life, (Phil 4:3, Rev 3:5, 13:8…) or the Book of remembrance (Malachi 3:16) is sometimes called the Lamb’s book (Rev 21:27) or Lord’s book (Exodus 32:32). Jesus says “…rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven!” (Luke 10:20)

This is also like the Holy Bible which is God’s Word.

The Alpha and Omega is the beginning and the end. (Rev 22:13)

Z = ZION

1 Peter 2:6

This city, Zion, is in the sky because it represents the kingdom of God in heaven (Isaiah 28:16, 1 Peter 2:6). Jesus talked a lot of his Father’s kingdom and how he has provided a way for us to get there. “He will wipe away every tear…death shall be no more…” (Rev 21).

“Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8).

Angel (See “P”)

Sheep (See “C”)

Cross (See “A”)

Z = ZION

Z 2 Our Father

When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray he answered with this prayer (Matt 6, Luke 11)

The Lord’s prayer (also called “The Our Father” prayer) starts here!

The clouds represent Our Father, the Creator of heaven and earth.

The lightning bolt says “Your Kingdom Come” which means we pray for God’s heavenly kingdom to come to us now. We pray for God to reign everywhere, that His laws be obeyed, & Christ be advanced everywhere until the world is filled with His glory!

The earth says “Your will be done” which means we pray to do God’s will. Often, we humans want our will to be done, but need to put God at the center of our desires.