|The EMMAUS CROSS|
The Emmaus Cross presented to you at the Cross Ceremony displays an embedded Chi Rho cross.
The Chi Rho is one of the most ancient "sacred monograms" of Christ. They were developed by early Christians as a secret sign of their faith. This monogram is composed of the first two Greek letters of the word "Christ" (XPICTOC). The Chi Rho has many variations, including a form in which a single stroke crosses the downstroke of the "P", forming a cross, and another in which the "P" is made to look like a shepherd's crook, reminding us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (NIV)