‘Hoc Singo Victor Eris’ | In This Sign You Shall Conquor
Constantine the Great was known for being the first Christian Roman emperor in the early 300’s A.D., and issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious tolerance of Christians throughout the empire. This began to unfold when Constantine experienced a vision at the beginning of his military campaign wherein the symbol of the cross appeared on the face of the sun, accompanied by the Greek words, “Hoc Singo Victor Eris” (in this sign ye shall conquer).
The victory of Constantine at the Milvian Bridge is of the greatest importance not only in the history of the Roman Empire but also for all of that Empire’s heirs, and for future Christians. His prophecy of the previous evening proved accurate and ushered in the acceptance of Christianity as the state religion of Rome.
I believe this statement is true for us as Christians today. In this sign (the Cross of Christ) we shall conquer. We shall conquer sin. We shall conquer death. But we shall only do this through one Person who made it possible, by the grace of God… Jesus, the Christ.
‘Seanchaí’ is an old Irish word that means bearer of ‘old lore’ (seanchas).
Since the 18th century the word has come to refer to an oral story-teller who possesses a wide repertoire of lore involving shorter forms of narrative.
Since blogs are essentially a collection of stories in many cases, I hope to do this effectively so that you will enjoy reading the stories I write as well as be able to glean something from them.
“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, chi = ch and rho = r . Although not technically a cross, 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 4th 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. By the year 350 CE, the Chi Rho began to be used on Christian sarcophagi and frescoes. [A.E.M.] “ (Definition taken from the University of Rochester)
The Greek symbols on the left and right are Alpha & Omega. The beginning and the end. In the Greek alphabet, in which the New Testament was written, alpha is the first letter and omega is the last. In the Book of Revelation, God says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last,” meaning that God remains from the beginning to the end of time.