An ancient Christian Ring, etched
with Chi-Rho, the Monogram of Christ,
was found in the ruins of Kourion,
one of the oldest Christian communities in Cyprus.

 Found near a young father, who died trying to protect his family during
the great earthquake of 365AD, this unique Christian ring, imprinted with
Chi-Rho and Alpha-Omega, symbolizes all that our Faith holds sacred, for...

"Greater Love hath no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"
John 15:13

 

 


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This Christian Ring holds a special place in our Faith's early history.

Few know of the humble little bronze ring and the significance of the symbol etched upon it. This Christian ring, unearthed at Kourion, only inches from the skeletal remains of a young father and his family, gives us a unique insight into our Faith's early history. For it was buried in 365AD, when Christian persecution was still a possibility, and when the Apostolic churches were just starting to prosper.  Christianity would not become the Empire’s official religion until 391AD under Theodosius. 

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The ancient Chi-Rho Ring unearthed in 1987

The Ring of Christ™

The Ancient Christian Ring unearthed at Kourion in 1987

 

The Monogram of Christ... XP (Chi-Rho)

The Greek letters X (Ch) + P (R) on the ring are the first two letters of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ pronounced ‘Christos’ (Christ), and as such have become known as the Monogram of Christ.

The Chi-Rho with the α (alpha) and the ω (omega) to either side of the Monogram of Christ, make this unassuming piece of ancient jewelry perhaps the earliest piece of Christian jewelry openly worn during this turbulent time in our Faith's history.

The Christian Family

Because of the Chi-Rho and Alpha-Omega on the father's Christian ring, we know that he and his family were Followers of the Way. And while the wearing of Christian jewelry is commonplace today, few people can imagine what it meant for these young people to openly wear a sign of their Faith in the fourth century, as their own grandparents would have surely been persecuted for doing so only a few decades earlier.

To read the full, tragic story of the Kourion Earthquake and the last, terrifying seconds of this family's life, please CLICK HERE.

The Christian Family at the Kourion Museum in Episkopi
When the earthquake struck Kourion on that July morning in 365AD, their entwined bodies were entombed...

...and the father was wearing a Chi-Rho ring (the Monogram of Christ) when he died shielding those he loved.

As one of the earliest examples of ancient Christian jewelry ever found, the father's Chi-Rho ring without doubt holds a special place in our Faith's history, and yet its story carries a timeless message which is no less significant to contemporary life, than it was over sixteen hundred years ago.

This ancient ring carries the enduring message of our Faith's selfless love explains Andrew Martin, a young Christian father of today.

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...the father’s arm forever sealed in a loving embrace...
"...for love is as strong as death."
[Song of Songs 8:6]


Front View of Kourion Museum
Front of Kourion Museum

"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
[John 15:12]

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