The Lord Almighty sits on a throne as the Ruler of the universe, and in His left hand He holds an opened Gospel. With His right hand He blesses with the priest’s blessing, the fingers of His hand forming the Greek letters “IC XC”, which is the abbreviation for “Jesus Christ”. In Christ’s halo are the Greek letters for “I AM”, for this is the King of Kings as spoken of in Revelation (1:8), “I am Alpha and Omega…saith the Lord, Which Is, Which Was, and Which Is To Come, the Almighty.” On the four corners of the throne are symbolically represented the Four Evangelists: Matthew as a young man, Mark as a lion, Luke as an ox, and John as an eagle. All four have wings to portray their angelic nature and all carry Gospel books, for they proclaimed the Good News to the whole world through the Gospels that they have written.
Christ is wearing the robes, the crown or miter, and the stole (omofor or omophorion decorated with crosses) of bishops as they vest in church during the Divine Liturgy. Christ is the Great High Priest of His Church on earth, and the loving ruler of all who will lovingly be ruled by Him in their life. May we be among them.