Virgin of Vladimir Mother of God
This famous icon was painted by the evangelist Luke himself. It was delivered to Russia in the beginning of the 12th century as something special to Prince Mstislav prayer icons. Russian Orthodox Church recognized the icon as miraculous after it helped stop the invaders of Moscow three times. You can see the original Virgin of Vladimir by visiting the St. Nicholas church museum at the Tretyakov Gallery in Tolmachi.
The Holy Trinity Icon (Troitsa)
Andrei Rublev painted this famous icon in the 15th century for the iconostasis of the Trinity Cathedral. Over 600 years, the Troitsa Icon (also called The Hospitality of Abraham) has been renovated five times. Following the restoration in 1919, the original author’s layer painting was rediscovered. Now the icon is stored and displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
Mother of God of Kazan
The initial icon was brought to Russia in the 13th century from Constantinople. It was later within the ashes in 1579 after having a fire destroyed Kazan; the Virgin Mary appeared to a lady, Matrona, discovering where in fact the icon was hidden. Today, the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God is among Russia’s most famous prayer icons.
You can aquire exquisitely handcrafted silver-plated icons of the Mother of God of Kazan, the Holy Trinity, the Virgin of Vladimir, and a great many other miraculous icons in the Andcross orthodox icon store.
Russian Orthodox Silver Crosses
Orthodox Crucifixion manifests the notion of salvation and rebirth to a fresh life through torment and suffering. Initially, the emphasis was on the physical aspects of the suffering of Christ, but later, Orthodox Christians supported the Crucifixion with an even more victorious meaning.
From the symbol of ancient Roman execution, the Crucifixion turned into an indication of triumph and victory.
Orthodox Christians carry or wear silver crosses from baptism and throughout life. The looks and shape must be correct and in keeping with the Orthodox Church canons.
According to the Orthodox church canons, the six-pointed model of the Russian crosses represents our universe. A brief diagonal bar at the foot of the cross serves as a measuring “scale” of the person’s righteousness. It pulls anyone down underneath the weight of sins. After repentance, it lifts him to the Kingdom of Heaven.
The seven-pointed cross has both the foot diagonal bar and the upper crossbar and is most commonly on the domes of Russian Orthodox churches.
The eight-pointed Orthodox cross became widespread in the 14th century. Based on legend, the utmost effective bar was nailed to the cross as a scroll inscribed in Hebrew, Greek, and Latine languages. The mother of Emperor Constantine allegedly discovered the original scroll.
The pectoral cross pendant occupies the leading place in the hierarchy of Christian religious accessories. Sterling silver crosses are worn every day: hidden under clothes, they protect from evil and temptations. For Christians, the surface beauty of the cross is not as crucial as its religious meaning. Parents often present their babies with a sterling silver cross for baptism. From the beginning of our life path, we truly need the protection of the God Almighty.
All silver crosses represented within our Orthodox online store catalog conform to the canons of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Have a look at our assortment of solid and plated sterling silver crosses, unique and custom handmade pendants, and large crosses.