Wednesday, December 29, 2021

An Old Christian Symbol over a Baptist Church - Weathervane Wednesday

 

This simple, two dimensional, fish weathervane above the Village Baptist Church in Kennebunkport, Maine is gilded, and can be seen from quite a distance.  The fish is an ancient symbol of Christianity,  known as the ichthys or ichthus.  The fish symbol of two arcs was originally a secret symbol for early Christians.  It is popular for weathervanes, and I have blogged about a few HERE and HERE (among others, including this one in Spain HERE!)   It is very appropriate for a church in a small coastal town like Kennebunkport. 

The Village Baptist Church was built in 1820, and renovated over time.  The steeple was refurbished in 2013, and the bell tower removed.  The original weathervane was replaced back on top of the steeple. 




For the truly curious:

The Village Baptist Church, Kennebunkport, Maine:  http://vbc-kennebunkport.org/  

Ichthys (Early Christian Symbol) at Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthys  

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To Cite/Link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "An Old Christian Symbol over a Baptist Church - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 29, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/10/an-old-christian-symbol-over-baptist.html: accessed [access date]). 

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