The M.E.C.C. Logo
The logo of the Middle East Council of Churches is composed of four major elements: the cross, the ‘Chi-Roh,’ the fish, and the oval. The cross is central to the figure. It controls the form of the second element, the ‘Chi-Roh,’ an ancient Christian symbol formed of the first two Greek letters of the name, ‘Christ,’ meaning, ‘the Anointed.’
The fish is another early Christian symbol. The Greek word for fish, ICQUS, can be seen as an acrostic standing for ‘Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.’ The oval, like the circle, is meant to represent unity, the main purpose of the Council’s existence – the churches working together, trying to fulfill Christ’s prayer for God-given unity among his disciples. The oval shape also suggests the colored eggs which are distributed in eastern churches as a symbol of the Resurrection at Eastertide.