The Seat of Mercy Cross—the depiction of the Crucified Christ in the Trinity—is an exquisitely detailed solid bronze wall cross. We see the Father upholding the Son and the Holy Spirit descending. Grape clusters decorate the outer edges, symbolizing Christ’s blood poured out on the cross and in the Eucharist.
What a perfect gift for RCIA candidates who are being received into the Church.
A Powerful Symbol
At about 7.75 inches long, 6.25 inches wide and .25 inches thick, this solid bronze cross has heft but still hangs beautifully on any wall in home or office. A master bronzesmith conceived and forged this powerful depiction of the Trinity and the Eucharist. The depth and detail of this cross express compactly and elegantly these central Mysteries of the Christian faith.
Seat of Mercy—Throne of Grace
The Seat of Mercy cross depicts the Mystery of the Trinity: God the Father presents Christ to humankind as the One who died on the cross for our sins. The Holy Spirit mediates between Father and the Son. Seat of Mercy is the English translation of Martin Luther’s Gnadenstuhl, the German translation of thronum gratiae (“throne of grace”), which in turn is the Latin translation of the Greek hilasterion (ἱλαστήριον) of Romans 3:25 (translated in the NIV translation as “sacrifice of atonement”). This Seat of Mercy cross also shows the blood flowing from the side of Christ (John 19:34) as a cluster of grapes.
This cross is a dignified and profound gift worthy of the awesome Mysteries being celebrated on Easter and in every Eucharist.