Christian Symbols

What do these Christian symbols mean?

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    Symbols

     

    We live in a world full of symbols.  A symbol is something that makes us think about something else. Can you spot any around your classroom?

    For two thousand years Christians have used them to speak about what they believe.

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    Water

     

    Water is an important Christian symbol. When water is used in baptism it symbolises how people have become 'clean' – that is, forgiven by God for the wrong things they have done.

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    Candle

     

    Candles have always been used to bring light to dark places. They are often used in churches as a sign that Jesus is known as "the light of the world."

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    Shell

     

    In some churches a shell is used to sprinkle water over a baby's head during baptism.

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    Fish

     

    The fish is a very old Christian symbol and was used in the early Church.  Today, Christians may wear a fish badge, or put it on their car.

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    Rainbow

     

    In the story of Noah God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign that he would never flood the earth again. Christians believe that a rainbow is a sign that God keeps his promises.

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    Dove

     

    A dove was seen at Jesus' baptism. It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who Christians believe lives with them and helps them.

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    Cross

     

    A cross is the most well known Christian symbol. An empty cross reminds them that Jesus died on the cross but came back to life again. This is remembered at Easter.

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    Bread and Wine

     

    Just before Jesus died he had a meal with his closest friends - Christians often call this the Last Supper. When they were eating the meal Jesus took some bread and some wine and told his friends that these were a sign of what was going to happen on the cross. The bread was a symbol of Jesus' body and the wine was a symbol of his blood. Christians still share bread and wine together and remember how Jesus died on the cross.

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