Mater Ecclesiae - Original Unrestored Rustic Wood Plaque
This rustic wood plaque featuring Mater Ecclesiae - Original Unrestored comes from trees grown and harvested in Ohio and is 100% made in the U.S.A. Each solid wood plaque is hewn and joined together by the hands of our Steubenville woodworkers then digitally printed with hi-tech inks that slowly stain and permeate the wood with a scratch-free work of art.
This fresco of the Madonna and Child, twice crowned, first as “Our Lady of the Column” in 1645, then as “Mater Ecclesiae” (Mother of the Church) in 1964, had humble beginnings. She was unnamed and painted by an unknown artist between the 15th and 16th centuries upon one of the original marble columns at St. Peter’s Basilica, laid down by Constantine in the 4th century. By this point, the basilica was over 1000 years old and falling apart. So the column was taken down, keeping only the section with the fresco. It was installed above the left side altar, which was redesigned in 1607 by Giacomo Della Porta, where it remains today. Beneath her lays a sarcophagus with the remains of Popes Leo the II, III, and IV along with images of Our Lord and His twelve apostles. Symbolically, this represents her motherhood over the universal church, head and body, unto the ends of the earth.
Bring a wooden plaque of the original into your home to aid in prayer or give it as a gift to a loved one in need.
Mater Ecclesiae, ora pro nobis!
Because these rustic plaques are made from real, solid wood, each piece may have minor cracks, knots, and other imperfections that add character and authenticity. As unique as human fingerprints, no two plaques are alike.
Smaller sizes of plaques are cut from single boards, while larger sizes are made up of several boards joined together.