It is a common sight in a Church
to see the letters "JHC" engraved or printed on objects. Contrary to popular belief, JHC does not stand for "Jesus H Christ
." Rather they are the Greek
, and sigma
, which are the first three letters in the name of Jesus
. This abbreviation
can be written as either JHS
, since the Byzantine
sigma was represented through a "c
" or "C
is actually a capitalized eta, which baffled Roman Catholics
enough that they took it to be a Latin letter
and its meaning was lost, since in Latin an "H" is just an "H".
Of course, it COULD be "Jesus 'Haploid' Christ
" but that's a story for another bedtime.