The Christ the Teacher Plaque with Eyelet is a beautiful plaque which is patterned after the best known depiction of Christ in the Eastern Church: Christos Pantocrator (“Christ, Ruler of All”). The Christ the Teacher Plaque with Eyelet will be an exquisite gift for a birthday, feast day, first communion, confirmation, ordination, and wedding. This plaque is an heirloom-quality gift that will be cherished and displayed reverently for many generations to come!
The Christ the Teacher Plaque with Eyelet – A Demanding Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
The Christ the Teacher Plaque measures 4 inches high. This highly polished dolomite stone and resin plaque has the heft, feel and look of a rare and priceless heirloom that could have been carved in ivory. A community of cloistered nuns in France create, mold, and craft by hand each plaque in the monastery’s atelier. Each nun, a true “contemplative in action”, prayerfully undertakes and fulfills a designated task important for the completion of each Christ the Teacher Plaque with Eyelet. Where, how, and by whom each plaque is finished reminds us that this piece is definitely ”culturally authentic” and a demanding labor of love, faith and hope!
Christ the Teacher – “I am who am”
On the Christ the Teacher Plaque with Eyelet, Jesus gazes directly upon the viewer, holding with his left hand the Sacred Word of God and raising his right hand in blessing. Christ’s halo contains a cross marked with three Greek letters, omicron (O), omega (Ω), and nu (N). These letters spell in Greek: O ΩN – transliterated as “HO ON” and translated as “the One who is”. O ΩN is here the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר אֶֽהְיֶ֑ה (“I am who am”) in Exodus 3:14. The two Greek letters on left side of the plaque and the two Greek letters on the right side, ΙΣ ΧΣ, are a contraction (syncope) of two Greek words: ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ — IESOUS CHRISTOS — JESUS CHRIST. The center part of each word is syncopated (removed): Ι[ΗΣΟΥ]Σ Χ[ΡΙΣΤΟ]Σ becomes ΙΣ ΧΣ. The syncopation of each word is symbolized by ~ over each pair of Greek letters.