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CHRISMA

A symbol of Christ. It is a monogram of the Greek letters chi and rho, shaped like an X and P, but equivalent to CH and R in Latin and English. Also called Chi Rho. (Etym. Latin chrisma; from Greek khrisma, ointment, from khriein, to anoint.)