For several years now we have placed a Chrismon Tree in our Sanctuary at Chrismas time and members of our congregation have made Chrismon decorations to hang on the tree.
The Chrismon tree always contains symbols of the Christian Faith either in white or gold (colours representing purity and truth.)
Over the years the following symbols have been added to our tree.
Star: The Star of David. The six points represent six aspects of God: love, mercy, wisdom, majesty, power, and justice. When the star is made by intersecting two triangles the star represents the Trinity.
Cross: A Calvary Cross symbolising Jesus' crucifixion at Calvary.
Dove: The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, reminding us the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus as a dove at his Baptism.
Shepherd's Crook: The shepherd's crook symbolises Jesus as the Good Shepherd who will lay down his life for his sheep.
Butterfly: Signifying re-birth in a new life with Jesus.
Alpha & Omega: The Greek letters alpha (first) and omega (last) from Rev 1:8 and 22:13, symbolise Jesus as the Christ who has come and will come again.
Crown: The Crown is the symbol of royal power and authority. It symbolises Jesus as the exalted Christ, the "King of Kings".
Angel: Symbolising the annunciation of Christ's birth to the shepherds long ago.
Fish: The first letter in Greek of several titles of Jesus (Jesus Christ Son of God Saviour). Together these intials spell the Greek word for fish (ichthus). This symbol was used as a secret sign in the early days of Christianity.