Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Christian Church Symbol

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #388?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This little building is the Trinity United Church Parish House in Seabrook, New Hampshire, located on Lafayette Road, across from the Town Hall.  The small weathervane is difficult to see as you come around the rotary near the intersection of Main Street and Folly Mill Road.  This is a Methodist congregation, and the church building itself is nearby at 29 Main Street. 

The ichthys is a Greek symbol made by two arcs.  This was a secret symbol used by early Christians to designate a meeting point.  The Greek letters IXOYE inside the fish is the acronym formed by the first letter of five words Iesous (Jesus), Xristos (Christ), Theo (God), Yios (Son), and Sotare (Savior).  The word "ixoye" is also the ancient Greek word for fish, recalling Matthew 4:19 when Jesus called the fishermen to be his apostles by asking them to be fishers of men.

I have seen this symbol used many time, but this is the first ichthys weathervane I have seen.

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  A Christian Church Symbol",  Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 7, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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