"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
This banner is part of a striking Photo Series Advent Banner Set designed to add a banner to your sanctuary each Sunday of Advent; this one being used on Christmas Sunday. The beautiful, crystal clear image of a white candle with the Chi-Rho symbol and sitting in holly on this blue banner with "Chi-Rho" written at the top in delicate script complements your Advent Wreath. The high-resolution image is digitally printed on elegant poplin fabric. A 3” pole hem in the top and bottom, along with a T-pole cut out in the top allow for quick and easy installation. The banner is 2' x 6'.
The other banners in this set can be found in the Related Products Section below, along with banner stands.
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In most instances you may wipe the banner with a damp cloth. For complete care information please consult the care instructions that arrive with with your banner.
Did you know...
The Chi-Rho is one of the earliest cruciform symbols used by Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two letters of the word "Christ" in Greek. The Chi-Rho invokes the crucifixion of Jesus as well as symbolizing his status as the Christ.
The earliest evidence of the Chi-Rho symbol is Constantine's use of it on the labarum, the imperial standard, in the early t century CE. Lactantius, a 4th century Christian apologist, reports that on the eve of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE, Constantine had a vision of God in which he was commanded to mark his men's shields with the Chi-Rho symbol. After Constantine's success at the Milvian bridge, the Chi-Rho became the official imperial insignia.
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence demonstrating that the Chi-Rho was emblazoned on the helmet and shield of Constantine as well as those of all of his soldiers. Coins and medallions minted during Constantine's reign also bore the Chi-Rho.