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Holy Land Icon, Christ the Good Shepherd, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

Holy Land Icon, Christ Pantocrator, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

Holy Land Icon, Mother Mary Sweet Kiss (Green), Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

Holy Land Icon, Mother Mary Immaculate Heart, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

Holy Land Icon, Mary Mother of God, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

Holy Land Icon, Mary Sweet Kiss, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

$12.99

These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

Holy Land Icon, Jesus Sacred Heart, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icons are hand-carved out of a naturally black stone called serpentine that is unique to the Holy Land of Biblical Antioch. A perfect reminder and display of your faith, the attached stand makes them easy to place on counters, tabletops, desktops, or wherever you want an eye-catching...

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God the Rock, Christ the Rock

Psalm 26:6 says, “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” God is described as a rock, a firm foundation upon which to place our faith and utterly unshakable. We can’t help but think of God’s strength and might when we handle and look upon each stone icon. He is described as a rock, or in other words: unshakable, immovable, and sturdy. There are two stories from the scriptures that especially come to mind when we think of God as a rock.

The first is in Exodus, Exodus 17 to be specific. In this chapter, the children of Israel quarrel once again, driven to anger by their thirst for water in the wilderness. They come to Moses with these complaints, and he feels the pressure. Exodus 17:4-6 tells us, “So Moses cried to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.’ And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.” Of course, this is a story of God’s providence, but it has deep implications for the broader Christian faith story if we look into it deeply.

Let’s start with the staff of Moses. Many of the miracles God performed through Moses utilized that staff. The staff became a serpent in the Pharaoh’s court, and it was used to split the Red Sea in half. However, God does not say in Exodus 17, “The staff which turned into a snake,” or “the staff with which you split the Red Sea.” Instead, he references the Nile, which makes the reference very specific. Exodus 7:17 says, “Thus says the Lord, ‘By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood.” This is important. The same staff that brought blood to Egypt yielded life-giving water to Israel in the wilderness.

Here’s where it all comes together. Christ, the Son of God, let His own blood be shed for us, but it is also said in John’s account in John 19:34-35, “One of the soldier’s pierced his [Christ’s] side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it was borne witness - his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth - that you may also believe.” So then, parallel to the staff God used for many miracles in Egypt and in the wilderness, Jesus also let forth both blood and water - blood for our atonement and living water for our eternal life. After all, doesn’t Jesus even say in John 4:13-14, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Finally, Saint Paul catches on to this, writing in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our father were all under the cloud, and passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.”

Next is another story of Christ as a rock, albeit a bit simpler. Matthew 16 chronicles a conversation between His disciples and Him, with Matthew 16:16-18 saying, “Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Some have said that this refers to Saint Peter, indicating that he is the foundation upon which the Church stands. The key piece of evidence in support of this interpretation is the similarity of Petros - translated “Peter” in this case - to petra - translated as “rock.”

However, though the wordplay definitely has a part in this statement, in Greek, as it originally was written, it is unlikely that Jesus was making reference to Peter himself but instead to his faithful declaration in verse 16, “You are Christ, the Son of the living God.” Christ again is a rock, this time as the rock serving as the foundation of the Church, the collective of all who believe in Him and call themselves His disciples.

Therefore, when we call Jesus our rock, we are indeed calling Him strong and unshakable, but we are also declaring that we depend upon Him, and that He is the foundation of our faith. After all, He said himself in Matthew 7:24-25, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

As you look upon these Catholic icons representing the Catholic patron saints, we hope you’ll remember them, but they and we hope even more so that each stone icon they are carved upon will remind you of the most foundational stone, the cornerstone, Jesus Christ!