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Old Mar 11, '09, 3:38 am
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Question What does IHS stand for?

IHS appears not only in Catholic contexts, but on Anglican stained glass windows and altars. Can someone tell me what it stands for and where it originates?
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IHS appears not only in Catholic contexts, but on Anglican stained glass windows and altars. Can someone tell me what it stands for and where it originates?
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07649a.htm
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Old Mar 11, '09, 5:48 am
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IHS stands for IEUSUS HOMINUM SALVATOR - Jesus Savior of Man
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Old Mar 11, '09, 9:34 am
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depending on the situation it could also stand for In Hoc Signo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_hoc_signo_vinces
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Old Mar 11, '09, 11:43 am
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Both of these are wrong.

It's a Latinization of the Greek IHC (Iota Eta Sigma), being the first three letters--or first two and last--of the Greek form of Jesus: IHCOYC.
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Old Mar 11, '09, 12:27 pm
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Both of these are wrong.

It's a Latinization of the Greek IHC (Iota Eta Sigma), being the first three letters--or first two and last--of the Greek form of Jesus: IHCOYC.
Not exactly. One is wrong, one is correct.

As you say, the monogram is the first three letters of the Greek name, and I do not dispute that. But, the Latin Church has traditionally rendered IHS as Iesus Hominum Salvator. The monogram often also appears as JHS.
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Not exactly. One is wrong, one is correct.

As you say, the monogram is the first three letters of the Greek name, and I do not dispute that. But, the Latin Church has traditionally rendered IHS as Iesus Hominum Salvator. The monogram often also appears as JHS.
That is not correct.

Read the Catholic Encyclopedia link in the second post.
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IHS was sometimes wrongly understood as "Jesus Hominum (or Hierosolymae) Salvator", i.e. Jesus, the Saviour of men (or of Jerusalem=Hierosolyma).
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That is not correct.

Read the Catholic Encyclopedia link in the second post.
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IHS was sometimes wrongly understood as "Jesus Hominum (or Hierosolymae) Salvator", i.e. Jesus, the Saviour of men (or of Jerusalem=Hierosolyma).
Fine. Mère Marie-Régine, Mère Marie-Bernadette, Mère Marie-Christine, Mère Marie-Edith, et al, all of blessed memory, would no doubt be happy to know that they taught lies.
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Old Mar 12, '09, 6:16 am
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Fine. Mère Marie-Régine, Mère Marie-Bernadette, Mère Marie-Christine, Mère Marie-Edith, et al, all of blessed memory, would no doubt be happy to know that they taught lies.
Now you are being silly. Being wrong does not mean lies have been told!
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Now you are being silly. Being wrong does not mean lies have been told!
Indeed, no doubt they taught with sincerity, having been themselves instructed by misinformation.

And: Just as you do not deny the Greek monogram, it cannot be denied that IHS abbreviates Iesus Hominum Salvator -- After all, if it does not, then what is the abbreviation of Iesus Hominum Salvator?

But in answer to the OP: The reason IHS appears in Christian iconography is because of the Greek monogram.

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**As you say, the monogram is the first three letters of the Greek name, and I do not dispute that. But, the Latin Church has traditionally rendered IHS as Iesus Hominum Salvator. The monogram often also appears as JHS.**

Only by CUSTOM, not "traditionally." It's not part of Sacred Tradition.
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According to Jack Chick, it means Isis, Horus, and Seth. But who listens to Chick anyway?
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**As you say, the monogram is the first three letters of the Greek name, and I do not dispute that. But, the Latin Church has traditionally rendered IHS as Iesus Hominum Salvator. The monogram often also appears as JHS.**

Only by CUSTOM, not "traditionally." It's not part of Sacred Tradition.
And did I say Sacred Tradition? No. I well know the difference.

In any case, call it custom if you prefer. Some days I don't mind playing with semantics, but today is not one of them.
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I was told that St. Bernardine invented the symbol as a teaching tool, but didn't tell anyone what it meant except that it referred to the Eucharist. I quote the following from the St. Bernardine of Siena, Woodland Hills, California website, from their "about our patron saint" section:

Strangely, no one is sure what the acronym stands for, but the IHS surrounded by a sun symbol found in many Catholic Churches, was St. Bernardine’s visual aid to his listeners.

So, according to the Church, its meaning is unsure. They may have tried to have some words "fit" the acronym, but we still don't know.
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Amusing... is nobody correct? This is like watching a tennis match
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