Chi Rho

Chi Rho
   Monogram of Christ's name (Christogram) used by Constantine I (q.v.). It consisted of an overlap of the first two Greek letters for Christos, the Chi (X) and a Rho (P). The monogram developed from the original labarum (q.v.), the military standard of Constantine I. The use of the monogram was apotropaic, which is to say to turn away evil, which is why it was used on the labarum (q.v.) of Constantine's armed forces.

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  • Chi-Rho — /kee roh , kuy /, n., pl. Chi Rhos. the Christian monogram made from the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. Also called chrismon. [first two letters of Gk Christós CHRIST. See CHI, RHO] * * * …   Universalium

  • Chi-Rho (Labarum) — • The name by which the military standard adopted by Constantine the Great after his celebrated vision (Lactantius, De mortibus persecutorum , 44), was known in antiquity Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • Chi Rho (disambiguation) — This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Chi Rho are the first two letters (chi = ch and rho = r) in the… …   Wikipedia

  • chi-rho — noun A combination of the Greek letters chi and rho, displayed ☧ …   Wiktionary

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