Catholic Symbols - Meaning
There are many religions worshipped all over the world, one of the the largest of these is the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic Symbols are a vital part of the Catholic religion, they are objects that followers of the Catholic Church worship and pray to. They are tools for teaching the religion to others and items are often passed down from generation to generation. Each individual Catholic symbol has its own deep significance.
Catholic Symbols - What is a Monotheistic Religion?
Is Catholism Monotheistic? Yes! Monotheism is derived from the Greek word 'monos' which means "single" and 'theos' which translates to "god" and is the belief in one god. The following list of religions are all examples of monotheistic religions: Bahá'í, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
Catholic Symbols - Triqueta
The triqueta symbol represents the trinity. 'Triquetra' means three cornered shape and is a very popular symbol in Celtic art, more specifically in Insular art which is found in many beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The trinity knot is believed to represent God as three separate forms; the father, the son and the holy spirit. These three forms exist as one, hence the intertwining form of the knot.
Catholic Symbols - Rosary Beads
The rosary is an extremely popular traditional Catholic devotion which is in fact a series of individual catholic prayers repeated in a specific sequence whilst meditating on a particular mystery. Rosary beads are an extremely important catholic symbol and they are also referred to as prayer beads. Prayer beads are used to help pray this comforting catholic devotion. They allow you to concentrate completely on meditating the mysteries while you count the series of prayers by moving your fingers from one bead to another as you recite (pray) the individual prayers.
Catholic Symbols - Chi-Rho|
- The Chi-Rho Christogram is one of the best known catholic symbols. An example is pictured on the right
- A Christogram is a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ
The symbol is formed by superimposing the first two letters Chi and Rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" which translates to Christ.
Catholic Symbols - Fish|
The fish is one of the earliest Catholic symbols and has been found on graves in Roman burial chambers
- Fish symbols were used to identify secret meeting places that Christians used when being persecuted for their faith by the Romans.
- Early Christian fathers called their followers 'pisculi' which translates to fish.
- In the bible, Jesus refers to the apostles as 'fishers of men'.
- The Greek word for fish is 'Ichthus' which is an acronym for "Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior"
- The Fish symbol shown opposite is a secret symbol used by early Christians
Catholic Symbols - Different Crosses
The Catholic Cross is without a doubt one of the most universally recognised symbols in the world! People from every nation and religion identify the cross as a symbol of Christianity and the Catholic church. Catholics everywhere wear their cross pendants or necklaces as outward symbols of their Christian faith.
|Crucifix Symbols - Cross with three-dimensional model of Jesus being crucified, early versions were called 'Christus Rex' depicting Christ crowned and robed|
Latin Cross Symbols - Also known as the Passion cross or Plain cross is recognised by its long upright
Calvary Cross Symbols - This is a Latin cross mounted on three steps as its base, three steps are symbolic, the bottom step represents Charity, the middle step represents Hope and the top step represents Faith.
Celtic Cross Symbols - Also known as the Iona Cross has the addition of a circle to represent eternal life.
Catholic Symbols - Definition of Belief
Being religious is defined as the outward act or form by which a person indicates their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due. Having a religious belief or faith is being in awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life. Religion is a framework of beliefs relating to supernatural or superhuman beings or forces that transcend the everyday material world. Being religious is to have a strong belief, a faith in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality".
Dream Explanation - Catholic Symbols
Dreaming that you are deeply religious, foretells of a negative turn to your business affairs and a disruption to your life. Dreaming that you are over religious means that your goody goody character will repulsed your lover or mate.
Catholic Symbols - Spirituality
Discover facts and information about a huge range of spiritual and catholic emblems, symbols and signs. Read about each individual emblem and its significance to the Catholic faith. What is the significance of the rosary beads for a Catholic? What is the secret symbol for Christ? Why is the cross so symbolic to Catholic followers? Find out interesting facts about the sacred Bible. Discover the answers to these questions and many more, a useful educational resource about catholic symbols for everyone.