Today, another detail from my personal prayer book in progress and explanations of some of the symbols included in the decorations:
Top to bottom, left to right:
The Letter H in “Hannah” is based on a 15th century illuminated Dutch book of hours.
ICXC NIKA is a Christogram commonly used in Eastern Christianity. IC XC are an abbreviation of the Greek words for Jesus Christ, using the first and last letters of IHCOYC XPICTOC. Further, when the IC and XC are split, the translation is roughly “Jesus Christ is Victorious.”
The Chi-Ro is another Christogram, using the X and P from the Greek word for Christ to form the symbol. The particular depiction includes alpha and omega symbols to left and right, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet and a reference to the title of God in the Book of Revelation.
INRI are the initials for the Latin title that Pontius Pilate had written over the head of Jesus Christ on the cross. The words were “Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm.” Latin uses “I” instead of the English “J”, and “V” instead of “U” (i.e., Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum). The English translation is “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
The three intertwined circles are, in the case of Christianity, a Symbol of the doctrine of the equality, unity, and coeternal nature of the three persons of the Trinity.
Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “Not By Might Shall a Man Prevail.” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 05 June 2017.