TRINITY FISH, Ancient and Powerful Sacramental
"This expresses Christian heritage on so many levels. The commonly recognized “Jesus Fish” symbol was important for early Christians identifying each other secretly. But even earlier–early in the first century–the first symbol of Christianity was Jonah in the whale. The St. Benedict figure reflects that, even as it reminds us of the role of Monasticism in building the Universal Church." ~ Peter John Stone, February 06, 2016
Facts from our Early Fathers
Clement of Alexandria , born about 150, who recommends his readers (Paedagogus, III, xi) to have their seals engraved with a dove or a fish.
Initial letters of five Greek words forming the word for fish ( Ichthys ), which words briefly but clearly described the character of Christ and His claim to the worship of believers: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter , i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.
Tertullian (De baptismo, c. 1): "we, little fishes, after the image of our Ichthys , Jesus Christ, are born in the water".
- The association of the Ichthys with the Eucharist is strongly emphasized in the epitaph of Abercius, the second century Bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia. Everywhere on the way or journey, he received as food "the Fish from the spring, the great, the pure", as well as "wine mixed with water, together with bread".
The fish has plenty of other theological overtones as well, for Christ fed the 5,000 with 2 fishes and 5 loaves (a meal recapitulated in Christian love-feasts) and called his disciples "fishers of men."
A perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers. It is often found in the Roman catacombs, a secret meeting place when the Christians were persecuted for their faith by the Romans.
The early Christian fathers called the faithful pisculi (fish).
The fish as a symbol reflected, on the one hand, the way in which early Christians viewed their identity, their community, and the center of their worship——Christ——and contributed in small part, on the other, to the organization of their cultural system.
Early Christian texts clearly indicate that a single fish referred to Christ (e.g. Text # VI.2 of Tertullian).
Wood: Bird's Eye Maple, Bloodwood, Wenge to represent the Trinity. The lightest wood which is maple represents the Holy Spirit; the Bloodwood which is reddish and its natural color, represents the Passion of Christ; Wenge is a very strong wood and represents the strength of the Heavenly Father.
The St. Benedict medal is at the center of the fish and is tinted with some gold to highlight some parts of the Benedictine medal.
The blessed salt is another sacramental in a small glass container which fits at the back of the wooden fish.
This is a great sacramental for offices which can be camouflaged as a beautiful desk accessory. In reality, the fish depicts great reminders of the sacredness of work. We can unceasingly pray at our workplace. This Benedictine Fish sacramental will remind us to move our hearts toward God and to glorify Him all the time.
This Benedictine fish is also a great gift to boys and teenagers alike and protects them as we pray for them