Triumph in Life
This Triumph Wing cross, lovingly hand detailed in clay mold, then wax mold, and then hand-poured in brass, is a work of art destined to bring forth hope in the midst of the heaviest and loneliest sufferings of life, and in the midst of the most joyous occasion. From the sorrow of the cross to the triumph of the cross, overflows hope and new life, redemption and restoration. Each piece is prayed over and meditated upon, carrying deep biblical messages and ancient symbolism, with words from Jesus and echoes of faith tradition…
The crown of thorns transects the horizontal beam with angel wings wrapped in loving protection around it, reminding us of the triumph of the Resurrection in Jesus’ life, and in our own life. Resurrection and restoration through Grace are possible, no matter how lost or traumatized we feel. Let us open our hearts up to Jesus’ healing Grace, outpoured from the cross, and let him transform us. This small, mighty brass cross is heavy, powerful, and the perfect size to fit in a hand or hang on a wall as a reminder of the redemptive birthright that belongs to a soul loved by God.
How Devotion to the Holy Cross Arose
3 Centuries after the horrific crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the form of the cross had taken on merely private devotional practices by select individuals who were followers of the nascent church. St. Paul, a deep friend of the crucified Christ, had said, the cross was literally, “scandalous” to human common sense, very hard for the “wise of the world” to accept, but full of hope to anyone who has experienced weakness. In 306 AD, a pagan monotheist, devotee of the sun god Sol Invictus (“the unconquered sun”) and newly appointed Emperor of the Roman Empire, changed history for Christians forever. This man was Emperor Constantine. When Constantine rose to the throne, Christianity remained an illegal, dangerous and yet secretly growing religion, oppressed by decades of devastating martyrdoms. Historians detail and corroborate the dramatic story that right before an impossible battle, the Emperor and his army beheld a vision of a cross of light in the sky above the sun with the words IN HOC SIGNO VINCES (‘In this sign conquer’). That very same night, Constantine had a dream in which Christ himself told him he should use the sign of the cross against his enemies. He was so convicted, that the next morning he had the Christian symbol marked on his soldiers’ shields. Their victory was overwhelming! Constantine’s heart was deeply moved and he attributed the victory to the god of the Christians. Soon after, he issued the Edict of Milan, granting religious freedom to Christians. From that point in history, the use of the Cross as an official symbol of the followers of Christ took root. Devotion that was fervently spread by none other than Constantine’s own mother, Helena, for she, too, became a Christian. Just a few years before, an earlier emperor had razed Jewish and Christian holy sites to the ground, erecting temples to Roman gods of the time. With her son’s permission, Helena led an excavation of Jerusalem, and uncovered the true cross of Jesus, furthering devotion to the cross as sign no longer of just torture, but of salvation and redemption. . .a sign of the greatest sacrifice…a sign of love.
In the Sign of Love, We Will Conquer
In this sign we will all conquer. We will conquer despair and trials, pain and suffering, and all the sufferings of our fallen human nature. We are reminded by gazing upon this work of art, that we are all freed from our own suffering and bound together in love. Jesus Christ inserts himself into our brokenness, and lifts us up as an eternal sacrifice to His Father, sanctified by the Holy Spirit and honored by His human mother. He gives us hope and new life. Behind every human suffering and death is resurrection, and we are free to live in the mystery that love surpasses all time and transcends all wounds. Never give up hope in new life. Instead, triumph.
- Brass Cross 4.5″ x 3″
- Product Dedication Card
- Product Holy Card
- Lacquer Gift Box
Co-Creating with God
From His Heart to her heart…from His Hands to her hands…and now to yours.
Maria Franklin, founder and fine artist at Center Peace Works, finds joy in each handmade piece, witnessing to the healing Love that she herself has experienced.
Maria finds joy in each handmade piece, witnessing to the healing Love that she herself has experienced. Prayer is an endless source of inspiration and her deep personal well of empathy for her family and friends overflows into each creation. From her cliffside home studio in Southern California where she resides with her husband and children, Maria designs and details religious art painstakingly in wax, and then forges each unique piece in solid bronze, brass or sterling silver. The whole process can take months to perfect. In this exclusive collaboration, Maria has opened up her heart and hands to share her collaborative adventure with the Creator, and we invite you to join in. Each piece is meant to be used, loved, prayed with, treasured, gifted, and displayed as a constant reminder of grace and royalty.
CENTER PEACE WORKS X ROYALS
Three distinct pieces form our Center Peace Works x House of Royals art collection: a Face of Christ Upon the Cross, in brass inlaid on reclaimed California cedar wood cross frame, or Face of Christ Upon Veronica’s Veil in brass/white matted frame; a Royal Shield rosary chaplet with sword, shield, breastplate, helmet and belt of virtues inspired by Ephesians 6 with accompanying brass Holy Spirit hanger and option for Royal Shield chaplet with retablo shadowbox; and a brass Triumph Wing cross.
Maria is also periodically available for custom art by commission here.