This is called the altar.
In the Bible (especially the Old Testament), the altar was the place where offerings and sacrifices were made to God.
In modern churches, the altar is the piece of furniture which holds the bread and wine for celebration of the Lord’s Supper, which is the true body and blood of Jesus. Jesus is the perfect sacrificial lamb that was slain for the sins of the whole world.
The symbols on the altar are all Greek letters (the language that the New Testament was originally written in).
On the left is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and it is called “Alpha.”
The symbol on the right is the last letter in the Greek alphabet called “Omega.”
The symbol in the middle is two Greek letters stacked on top of each other. The one that looks like an “X” is called “chi” and makes a “k” sound. The one that looks like a “P” is called “ro” and it makes an “r” sound. These are the first two letters of the name “Christ.”
The meaning of the symbols is that God calls himself the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the alpha and the omega. God has no beginning and no end. And the “chi-ro” is a symbol representing that Jesus Christ is the center of all of God’s work.
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