The Trinity Crucifix Pendant depicts Jesus just having uttered “It is finished!”, bowed his head, and died (John 19:30). The small dolomite medallion above is of Andrei Rublev’s “Hospitality of Abraham” (Holy Trinity). This lovely dolomite stone and resin crucifix and medallion on a 30-inch leather cord will be a most fitting gift an ordination or ordination anniversary. A gift of authentic heirloom quality that will be worn prominently in liturgical celebrations and treasured for many years to come!
A Polished Dolomite Stone Crucifix from France
Measuring 2.6 x 2 inches, the Trinity Crucifix Pendant is designed to be worn with in any liturgical celebration or festive setting. This crucifix of highly polished dolomite stone and resin, was designed, realized, and hand-finished in the workshop of a community of monastic sisters in France. This crucifix is an extraordinary gift for that pastor, priest, or minister in your community!
Andre Rublev’s Depiction of the Holy Trinity
The dolomite medallion depicts Andre Rublev’s “Hospitality of Abraham” (Holy Trinity). A fascinating double layer of meaning resides in this piece – the figures are actually the three angels who visited Abraham on the road to Mamre (Genesis 18:1-5). In Abraham’s encounter, there is a numinous exchange between the angels and Yahweh: initially, “Yahweh appeared to him in the oaks,” but quickly he sees three men. Abraham acknowledges their holiness and treats them with hospitality. Later, though, Abraham and Sarah interact again with Yahweh. This multivalence in the account of Genesis, in which the three become One, has echoes in the nature of the Trinity itself.
Christ Crucified on a Cross!
We are so familiar with the image of the “Crucified Christ” that we can no longer appreciate how jarring and offensive this would have been for anyone following Jesus while he was still alive. The two disciples journeying to Emmaus were definitely no exception. They spoke of their crushing disappointment and disillusionment to a mysterious travel companion: “Jesus of Nazareth was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:19-24). ”We had hoped…” Clearly, they had expected Jesus to be the Christ (Messiah) who would free Israel from the Romans’ pagan grip and bring about a new age for the Jewish people. In response, the Risen Jesus revealed himself to the two disciples in the breaking of the bread. This simple gesture revealed to them someone vastly more powerful than a mere military messiah. Jesus had died but had conquered death. Jesus IS the one true, Messiah, Christ, Anointed One! Not exactly what the two disciples expected, but actually much more than they ever could have dreamed of or hoped for. Jesus the Christ is the Lord of Life, the Conqueror of death, the Messiah for Jew and Gentile alike, He who makes all things new in the fulness of time.