What does IHS mean?


I see in much art and even on the hosts that we receive during Holy Communion the letters, "IHS." What does this mean?

--Curious in Chicago


In Greek it is the first three letters of JESUS's name. I -H with a bar above the H, and that S or "sigma character" (which I don't have on my computer....). It has also been I H C -- the full greek letters, transliterated into English are:


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