Home Ministry Resources Who Gave Jesus His Halo? By Mike Hayes May 3, 2019 Who gave Jesus his halo — how did he have it in the first place? Do we just presume God? The halo is an artist’s rendering of holiness and nothing more. Halos often symbolize “sainthood” in Catholic circles, but in Ancient Greece, they were drawn behind heroes to depict more than natural light around them. RELATED: How Saint Anthony Helped Me Find My Way to the Saints The first halo in Christian art was in fact given to Jesus and used to represent Christ, rather than holiness. Artists would often paint or depict Christ before his baptism in the Jordan without a halo, showing that the halo is a human way of recognizing God in our midst. (After the baptism, Jesus was recognized as the Messiah). So, halos are human inventions, not God’s.