Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Symbol: Alpha & Omega

The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase "I am the alpha and the omega" an appellation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13).

Its meaning is taken from the fact that alpha (Α) and omega (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Classical (Ionic) Greek alphabet.  This symbol comes from the belief, by many christians, that Christ, as well as the Father, is "the First and the Last" therefore Alpha and Omega in juxtaposition are often used as a Christian visual symbol.

Catholic Encyclopedia

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