This is our beautiful Saint Helena of Constantinople Plaque. Saint Helena or Helen (c.250-c.330 a.d.) was the mother of Constantine the Great. According to tradition, Saint Helena made a pilgrimage to Palestine where she discovered the one True Cross used in Jesus’ crucifixion. She is the patron saint of archaeologists and new discoveries. This plaque is the perfect gift for the feast day of St. Helena on August 18th, as well as for a birthday, first communion, and confirmation.
A Solid Bronze Plaque in Two Sizes
Available in two sizes – small (p64k – 2 x 1.8 inches) and large (p26g – 7.75 x 6.4 inches), this solid bronze plaque hangs easily on any wall in the office or at home. This plaque – conceived and cast in Germany by a world-renowned bronze-smith – is a wonderful gift for that special “Helena” or “Helen” in your life!
Saint of the True Cross – Builder of Churches in the Holy Land
Constantine appointed his mother Helena as Augusta Imperatrix (August Empress) and granted her unlimited funding to go to Palestine to locate as many relics of the Christian faith as possible. While in Palestine 326-28, Helena had built or beautified the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Jesus’ birthplace) and the Church on the Mount of Olives (where Christ ascended into Heaven). Helena had Hadrian’s temple torn down over the site of Jesus’ tomb near Calvary, began excavating there, and recovered three crosses, one of which she determined through its miraculous power to be the one True Cross. Her son Constantine ordered that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher be built on that site. As depicted on this plaque, Saint Helena presents the True Cross and the three nails used to crucify Jesus. In the background stands the hill of Calvary and the city of Jerusalem.