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Gaylord Monument

I’m not sure how many times I looked at these monuments before I saw the letters IHS. The overlaid version of the letters is probably more common than the arrangement I’ve shown you before. As I explained then, IHS is an abbreviation for Jesus Christ, made up of the first three letters used to spell the name in Greek.


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Cross from O'Brien tombstone


The three letters IHS appear frequently on tombstones and other grave monuments. The letters come from the name of Jesus in Greek – IHSOYS (iota eta sigma omicron upsilon sigma) – IHS is merely the first three letters.


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