Παντοκράτωρ (Pantocrator) is an Ancient Greek word used in the Septuagint to translate “YHWH Sabaoth” and “El Shaddai.” It is used in the New Testament only once in 2 Corinthians 6:18 and nine times in the Book of Revelation. Since these references appear to be referring to only God the Father, this icon seems, at least to me, to emphasize the consubstantiality of the Word (λόγος (logos)) with the Father, from whom proceeds the Holy Spirit, who inspired the Word (ῥῆμα (rhema)).
Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, together with Bishop David Motiuk, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton. It now watches over me as I write.
I do appreciate having this icon of Christ, with his right hand raised in the conventional rhetorical gesture to show that he is teaching, watch over me as I work. The book with the Cross represents the Gospels, and a variation of the Pantocrator has this book open and is called Christ the Teacher. This very much invokes in me Article 4 of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order:
The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is this: To observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the centre of his life with God and people.
Christ, the gift of the Father’s love, is the way to him, the Truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us, and the life which he has come to give abundantly.
Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to the gospel.
The way this icon came to me, as well as who blessed it, is even more significant to me when I consider where the original is from:
Saint Catherine's Monastery is one of the oldest working monasteries in the world; built between 548 and 565 A.D. Moses received the Ten Commandments on this mountain and this monastery encloses the Chapel of the Burning Bush ordered to be built by St. Helena (died 330 A.D.), mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. (The burning bush typologically representing the Blessed Virgin Mary.) It also houses the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts (surpassed only by the Vatican Library) containing Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Hebrew, Georgian, and Aramaic texts.