The 2nd & 4th Wednesdays in September and every Wednesday in October at 6:30pm in Spies Hall, we join together for a crafting group. No matter your craft of choice, join us for physically distanced social time and crafting. We will be making Chrismons to decorate the tree in our sanctuary this year. We have some patterns and instructions, but you are welcome to bring your own.
You may be asking "what is a Chrismon?" They are Christian symbols originally created and designed by the Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Danville, Virginia over 50 years ago. A symbol is a visible representation of something invisible, like an idea or quality. One could say that symbols "point beyond themselves." They were an important part of Christian life from the beginning. Old Testament prophets who told of Jesus' coming used symbols to tell of his importance. They called Him "Lamb of God" and "Shepherd". Jesus himself said "I am the Light of the World," and "I am the Bread of Life." These teachings have be remembered by Christians since Jesus' death and resurrection. Artists have depicted the word symbols in visual symbols or pictures. The Bible is a great source book for the visual symbols of the church from its word descriptions.
Chrismons are traditionally white and gold, with colored accents when it is important to convey the meaning of the symbol. Even the colors have been chosen as a symbol. White is the liturgical color for Christmas and suggests innocence, purity and perfection of our Savior. (Isaiah 1:18, Mark 9:3) Gold is a symbol for the glory and majesty of God and the Son of God. (Exodus 25:11) Certain Chrismons show a touch of red to remind us of the blood of Christ by which we are saved. (Hebrews 9:14)