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Christ the High Priest

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4.375 x 5.9375 (A-6)

Bible Verse:

 Hebrews 4:14a, 16

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God...Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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Icon image of Christ the High Priest wearing a red chasuble and dalmatic, seated on a golden throne. A crown is upon his head. A crown of thorns is embossed in his halo. He holds an open book on his lap with the text "The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."

Icon greeting cards are single-fold cards printed on heavy stock, 4.38" x 5.93". The cards are blank inside for your own message or custom imprint and have an explanation of the history and symbolism of the icon printed on the back.

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Christ the High Priest Christ is described in the Letter to the Hebrews as the Eternal High Priest (Heb 3:1-10:39). “He, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:24-25). This icon depicts Christ as our Eternal High Priest, dressed in the vestments of a bishop, representing the fullness of his priesthood. The red vestments, wounds, archbishop’s pallium, and crown of thorns embossed in the halo all signify the self-emptying of Christ, a character of all who share in His ministerial priesthood. Though a king, Christ emptied Himself of the dignity of His divinity; now he reclaims it (Phil 2:7ff). Christ holds in his lap an open gospel book, symbolizing the priestly ministry of proclaiming the Good News. The text visible on the book implies that to be a true shepherd like Jesus, the priest must be willing to give his life for his flock. Christ gazes directly out to us with a benevolent expression, welcoming us into a relationship in which He encourages us to take up our cross, a burden that He makes light (cf. Mt 11:30).

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