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

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

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

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

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

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

Holy Land Icon Keychain, Christ Pantocrator, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

Holy Land Icon Keychain, Saint Paul, Hand Carved Serpentine Stone

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

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

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

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

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These beautiful, unique icon keychains 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, they come securely attached to a keyring via strong, braided cord that makes it easy to carry...

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Christ Alone: The Cornerstone

1 Peter 2:6 says, “For it stands in Scripture: ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’ Peter reveals to New Testament believers what God foreknew: Christ is a cornerstone worth believing in! We can’t help but think of our precious cornerstone when we handle and look upon these stone icon keychains each day. Still, allow us to dive deeper into the meaning of Christ as our cornerstone.

What is a Cornerstone?

First, let us answer the first question for many, “What is a cornerstone?” If you’re not well versed in architecture - or at least the history of it - chances are that the cornerstone is not a familiar piece of terminology for you.

According to its most basic dictionary definition, a cornerstone is “a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.” However, the abstract definition brings the mind more directly to Christ, and it states that a cornerstone is “an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.” This is definitely a start, because it indicates the foundational nature of Christ for all of Christianity, but we can take our understanding even further.

Something additionally notable about cornerstones that neither of the two definitions capture is that, architecturally speaking, the cornerstone is the original stone, the first one laid so that every other one can be laid based in reference to its position. This is actually distinct from the foundation itself, which is the slab beneath the structure. The cornerstone is a part of the structure itself, ultimately becoming a part of the walls which form it.

In those days, these stones often had religious or cultural intent. Typically, a small object was housed within the stone in order to symbolize the building’s intended use, or at times to invite the divine protection upon the structure. For example, perhaps if a cathedral was built with a cornerstone of this kind, it might contain a cross, a stone icon, or a crucifix. This would symbolically proclaim that the cathedral is fully dedicated to the celebration and worship Christ and His cross, and that it shall not deviate from that intended purpose.

Cornerstones remain in use to this day, albeit typically for a different purpose than in the past. The cornerstones of today typically bear the year of the building’s construction or simply the name of the building. It is also often not a cornerstone in the traditional sense of being a corner piece to connect two walls, but it is instead placed somewhere more prominent such that people will see it as they walk toward the entrance. However, in some cases, the grandeur of laying the cornerstone is maintained as a tradition, with the honor often being given to the foreman of the construction project or even to local government leaders.

What Does It Mean That Christ is Our Cornerstone?

Now, after our brief history lesson in architecture, we can already begin to formulate an idea of what exactly it means that Christ is our cornerstone. Even from within its formal definition of  “a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls,” Christ calls out. He connected the two walls, God and us, and He plays that role gracefully and in glory. It is as Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:5-6, where it is written, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” However, we can also see the cornerstone’s significance as the first stone laid - the stone by which all others find reference - in Christ as well. After all, Colossians 1:15 says of Him, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

Still, even outside of its formal definition, believers had a connotation for the cornerstone that had been established as far back as the Psalms. The Psalmist of Psalm 118:22 writes, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” This is certainly Christ’s story on earth, condemned and crucified by the very people he had come to save, or as Isaiah 53:3-5 tells us, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” Despite His rejection by men and His crucifixion as a result, He has become the connection between human and God, the very cornerstone of all Christian belief.

The Saints and the Cornerstone

Let us finish with one last reference to Christ as the cornerstone found in Ephesians 2. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:19-20, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” Because of the work of Christ, we have become a part of the same house of God as all of the Catholic Saints that have come before us. Our hope, then, is that you would not only think of the saints who have come before you when you look upon these catholic icons, but that we you feel the rock that each stone icon is made of, you would think of the rock and the cornerstone behind all of them, Jesus Christ, who is worthy of all glory and praise!