Ichthys Flag ("Jesus Fish" Flag, Jesus Flag, New Testament Christian Flag)                    

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour


Image: The Prayer Foundation logo (with white Celtic cross on a green shield).

Image: First Christian symbol, "ICHTHYS", an anagram for the Greek words, "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour", modernly also known as "the Jesus fish".


Photo: "Skellig Michael" Copyright Irish Tourist Board.

Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."Image: "Ichthys Flag"; also "Jesus Fish Flag", "Jesus Flag", New Testament Christian Flag.  (Ichthys being an anagram in Greek for "Jesus Christ. Son of God, Saviour".

A Truly Universal Flag of Christianity

On January 19, 2007, S. G. Preston, Co-Founder with his wife Linda of The Prayer Foundation was laying out a webpage on The Prayer Foundation website (www.prayerfoundation.org) called: Christian History Pages Index.

He placed the Orthodox Flag (Byzantine Empire), the Vatican City Flag (Roman Catholic), and the Christian Flag on the webpage.  The Christian Flag is used by many Protestants in both North and South America and also in Africa...European Protestants have generally not adopted it so far, nor have the Orthodox and Roman Catholic communions.  

He was considering what would be a good symbol to encompass all three communions for a truly universal Flag of Christianity (which was the original intent of the Christian Flag, and perhaps will even yet one day come to pass), one that would encompass Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant believers, both now and throughout all of history. 

"Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour"

 It occurred to him that the Ichthys symbol ("Jesus Fish") which has been used by Christians in earliest times and also in the present day, was the perfect such symbol.  Ichthys is a Greek word for "fish".  The letters in the word Ichthus form an anagram of the beginning Greek letters for the words in Greek, "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour".

In "Black and White"

He designed the background field of the flag to be White, symbolical of the Christian's surrender to Christ (the white flag is historically understood to mean "surrender").  The Ichthys fish symbol itself is Black.  The flag's colors therefore being "black and white", with the historical meaning of "right and wrong", and also representing the truth of God's revealed Word, by which we know "right and wrong".  God's word is "black and white" because God's word is absolute truth.

If drawn in other colors, other symbolism would apply: Red for Christ's blood shed for our Salvation, Blue for Heaven, Green for Christ's creation, and so on.

"I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last;"

The Ichthys fish symbol must always be "facing" to the left.  This is how it has always traditionally and historically drawn.  Facing that way it forms the shape of a flattened Greek letter "alpha", also a symbol for Christ: "I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last;" (Revelation 1:11).

The Ichthys fish may be drawn either roughly or smoothly, as preferred.  Drawn roughly (as shown above) is similar to how it would have looked as drawn in the earth by earlier Christians, who used it as a sign of recognition one to another during the early times of great persecution.  ____________________________________________________________

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The Ichthys Flag (Jesus Fish Flag, Jesus Flag, New Testament Christian Flag) is hereby given into the Public Domain for use by all Christians everywhere.

Photo of Skellig Michael Copyright Irish Tourist Board.     

All else Copyright 2007 S.G.P. All rights reserved.  

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