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Christian Monograms in Philippines Churches

  • Visitors to Catholic Christian Churches in the Philippines will see motives carved or painted. The most prevalent are monograms made by combining or overlapping letters with a symbol to form one symbol. These were the early form of logos.
  • In Catholic culture early Christian Monograms were derived from ancient Greek language and later the Roman Latin language. These monograms were for the name of Jesus Christ and were used as symbols for Christians.
  • In the Latin speaking Catholic world the most common monogram is ''IHS'' or ''IHC'' derived from ancient Greek. Either or both these can be seen in Icons, carved stone work and other artistic works.