The Christ the Teacher Plaque is an exquisite plaque patterned after the most famous depiction of Christ in Eastern Christianity: Christos Pantocrator (“Christ Ruler of All”). This plaque makes a perfect gift for a birthday, feast day, first communion or confirmation. This beautiful treasure will be displayed reverently for generations to come.
The Christ the Teacher Plaque – An Unselfish Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
The Christ the Teacher Plaque smeasures 2.1 by 1.1 inches. Small in size, this highly polished dolomite stone and resin plaque has the gleam, feel and heft of a rare and priceless heirloom. A community of nuns in France create, form, and handcraft each plaque in their monastery’s atelier. Each nun is a true contemplative in action who prayerfully undertakes and completes an assigned task necessary to the completion of each Christ the Teacher Plaque. Each piece is an unselfish labor of love, faith and hope.
Christ the Teacher: “I am who am”
The Christ the Teacher Plaque is patterned after Christ Pantocrator. The oldest known icon of Christ Pantocrator, written in the sixth century, was preserved in the monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai desert. This remote location allowed this icon to survive the iconoclastic era in Byzantine history (726 to 815 a.d.), when most icons were destroyed as “graven images.” In this plaque, Jesus gazes directly upon the viewer, holding with his left hand the Sacred Word of God and raising his right hand raised in blessing. Christ’s halo is inscribed with a cross and the Greek letters omicron (O), omega (Ω), and nu (N) which spell in Greek: O ΩN – transliterated in English as “HO ON” and translated as “the One who is”. O ΩN is being used here as 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 of the plaque, ΙΣ ΧΣ, are a syncope (contraction) of two Greek words: ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ — IESOUS CHRISTOS — JESUS CHRIST
The center part of each word is removed (syncopated). Ι[ΗΣΟΥ]Σ Χ[ΡΙΣΤΟ]Σ becomes ΙΣ ΧΣ. The syncopation of each word is represented by the symbol ~ over each Greek letter pair.