Of the several sacred monograms of Christ, the Chi Rho is one of the most ancient. It is generally formed of the Greek letters “Chi (X)” and “Rho (P)”. These are the first letters in the Greek work “XPICTOC” which is pronounced, Christos.
The monograms has been styled in a veriety of imaginative ways over the centuries. This Chi Rho cross was designed by Deanne McKeown from an alter piece at Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, England. In this monogram the “P” is designed to resemble a shepherd’s crook, a reminder that Jesus is the good shepherd.