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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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"Don't Cross Out Christ On Christmas" — Wrong!
published 24 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

OW MANY TIMES have you heard people warn against using the abbreviation “Xmas” for Christmas? They say things like, “Don’t cross out Christ on Christmas.” But it’s total nonsense! For more than a millenium, Christians have used an X to denote Christ. It comes from the Greek letter “Chi,” and even as late as the 19th century, Abbot Pothier used that abbreviation in the Solesmes books.

I could cite thousands of examples, but consider this one from the 14th century:

524 Christmas X


Did you see how the scribe wrote the word Christe in the KYRIE ELEYSON?

THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS MORE examples could be cited, but let’s give just one more, from the CHRISTMAS HYMN “Christe Redemptor Omnium” :

415 Christe