The chrismons are the ornaments that decorate our tree at the front of the sanctuary. They were originally conceived back in 1940, by Pastor George Pass, of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA, who created decorations for the church from discarded wrappings. Two of his parishioners, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Spencer, were so taken by their handmade beauty, along with the economy of using recycled materials, that they continued and expanded their use at their home, and as gifts.
Upon studying the monograms of Christ, Mrs. Spencer named them chrismons, after the Latin word phrase Christi monogramma. Each of the chrismons has special meaning, and each, like all of our decorations, direct our attention to Jesus. We share the meanings with you here. Perhaps your family can find other meanings and Bible references for these symbols!
The crown represents the majesty and royalty of Christ. “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10, ESV).
The star chrismon reminds us of the star that shone to guide the wise men, and that Jesus is the promised One. “I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star” (Revelation 22: 16, ESV).
The angel is God’s messenger, sharing the Good News of Jesus’ birth with the shepherds. God asks us to be messengers of His good news, too! “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NIV).
The cross is “the ever present reminder of the price that Jesus paid for our sins. Jesus paid the debt that we owe to the Father. He in turn gives us the free gift of new life” (sundayschoolnetwork.com). “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).
Now it might be a fun challenge for the family to see how your decorations at home point us to Jesus!