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Exaltation of Cross

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Christ The Pantocrator translated from the Greek means The Omnipotent. The Omnipotent is referred to as Christ The Almighty, The Master of the universe. In the Byzantine Churches, Christ The Pantocrator, Master of the visible and invisible universe adorned the large cupola of the church. Christ bestows a blessing on us with his right hand while holding the fingers in such a manner to represent the Greek letters, IC and XC - the first and last letters of the name Jesus Christ. In the halo one finds the Slavonic letters (W O H), which is derived from a vision Moses had and God said to Moses, " I am that I am." Texts in the Gospel book usually refer to the passage from John 8:12. " I am the Light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the....” . Sometimes the text is taken from Matt. 11:28. “Come unto me all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This depiction of Christ is often referred to as Christ The Teacher.

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