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).

F

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

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).

J

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

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

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

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

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).

W

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

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

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).

Z

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”)