from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to a monogram found in the catacombs and in later use appearing in many forms, for example, or , and consisting of the first two letters,
ΧΡ, of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟ*σ, Χριστός, Christ. Sometimes A (alpha) and Ω(omega) appear in the design. The date of its origin is unknown. The monogram appears with many variations and additions in royal signatures of the ninth and later centuries.
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The viewer is thus invited to link eternity (the chrismon at the apex) with the means (living the Gospels).
The first line and the royal signature are in more elongated characters; at the beginning of the document is the chrismon, or monogram of Christ, formed of the Greek letters X and P interlaced, which replaces the invocation in use in the imperial diplomas.
The chrismon, or chi-rho, has already been mentioned as the earliest forms in which the cross appear in Christian art [Section I (4)].
A soldier, martyred at Antioch, Jan. 353, with Bonosus, a fellow soldier, of the Herculean cohort; they were standard-bearers, and refused to remove the chrismon (monogram of Christ) from the standard, as had been ordered by Julian the Apostate.
Count Julian, uncle of the emperor, commanded them to replace the chrismon with images of idols, and, upon their refusal, had them tortured and beheaded.
When the Wind Blows and The Lake House -- and the second in this particular series is already out, chrismon