The Calvary Plaque is a hand-carved, solid wood plaque from France. Jesus is depicted here having just entrusted Mary, his mother, and John, his disciple, to one another (John 19:25-27 ) and then uttering “It is finished!”, bowing his head, and dying (John 19:30). The Calvary Plaque is a wonderful gift for a special birthday, wedding or wedding anniversary, ordination or ordination anniversary, and for that special chapel. The Calvary Plaque is an heirloom-quality gift that will be cherished, treasured and passed on for many, many generations to come.
The Calvary Plaque – A Lavish Labor of Love, Hope, and Faith
The Calvary Plaque measures 14.75 inches high, 11.6 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. This plaque will grace any wall in study, home, office, or chapel where it is prominently displayed. Cloistered sisters design, hand-carve, and individually hand-finish every plaque in the atelier of their French monastery. The sisters are all true “contemplatives in action” who prayerfully create each plaque as a lavish labor of love, hope, and faith.
Mary, John the Beloved Disciple, and the Crucified Christ
Anyone who has watched on helplessly as their own child or very dear friend dies slowly before their eyes knows all too well the extreme agony and and sense of powerlessness which Jesus’ mother Mary and and John his Beloved Disciple, felt as they stood before the tortured, bloody, and defiled Jesus nailed to a cross. Even in the depths of his agony on the cross, Jesus consoles his mother by making his mother’s son and thereby his own brother. As the void of death envelops him, Jesus is ensuring that his mother will be cared for by her son, and that his Beloved Disciple has a mother. In the trying days ahead, Mary will indeed need a son to lean on in her grief, and John will need a mother to hold him in his sorrow.
Yet even more than this is going on here. When in Matthew 12:46-50 (Mark 3:31-35) Jesus’ “mother and brothers” come asking for him, Jesus asks in return “Who are my mother and my brothers?” He answers this question himself in terms of discipleship: “Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.” The dying Jesus then leaves his natural mother as the mother of the Beloved Disciple, who is in turn designated as her son and thus becomes Jesus’ brother. Jesus has then established a family of preeminent disciples, present at the cross which itself becomes the birthplace of the church.