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Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Fish

 

* The fish was a symbol of the Lord Jesus Christ and Christians.

* The Greek letters "ἰχθύς" (capitalized: ΙΧΘΥΣ) of the word "fish" correspond to the initials of the words: "Jesus Christ the Son of God, our Saviour", i.e.: "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ".

* A secret sign used by the early persecuted Christians to designate themselves as believers in Jesus Christ.

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