Wednesday 5th October: ΙΧΘΥΣ

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Sometimes on cars we see a badge of a simple outline of a fish:


It is a symbol that was used as a secret sign when Christians were persecuted in the time of the Roman Empire. Greek was one of the languages spoken throughout the Roman Empire, and the Greek word for FISH: ΙΧΘΥΣ is pronounced “ik-thus”. The 5 letters of the Greek word can stand for the first letters of 5 other words: “Jesus Christ, God’s Son (and our) Saviour”.


The symbol of the fish is found in Christian art from the 2nd Century A.D. as a sign of Christ and the newly-baptised. It was used as a secret sign to identify fellow Christians to each other, who might be persecuted for their faith. Today, the outline of a fish seen on the back of cars means nothing to those who are not Christian, but is a sign of recognition and encouragement to other Christians.


God our Father,
we could never “prove”
or “justify” ourselves to you.

Instead, your love for us
is without limit or condition.

It is Good News
that your love is free
and can never be “earned” by any human achievement.

Jesus your Son was a perfect sign of the wealth of your love.

We ask for the power of your Spirit in our lives
that we, in turn,
may be credible signs of your love to the people

we will meet today. Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.


Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.