The Chi Rho (pronounced ki-row) is probably the oldest monogram used for the name of Christ. It was found written along the walls of the catacombs, which were the cemeteries of the early Christians and also a place where they held their secret meetings.
The Chi and Rho are the first two letters in the Greek word for Christ. Our CH was one letter in Greek and was shaped like our X. The Greek R had the shape of our P. By combining the Rho or P to one arm of the Chi we get the symbol XP.
Our Middle School youth group uses Chi Rho as their name and symbol. This group is open to youth in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The group plays games, talks about real-life issues, and gives youth the opportunity to be accepted and loved within a Christian community. Chi Rho also provides youth an opportunity to discuss issues relative to their lives and to grow in their own spirituality.