Christian Orthodox Cross Necklace CRUCIFIX. A PRAYER. LORD, HAVE MERCY UPON US Materials: Sterling Silver (925 grade), 24K Gilding, Blackening Average weight: 2 grams Size: 25 x 13 mm (including the bail) Technique: casting, gilding, blackening, handmade. Symbolism and application of the item It is a small pectoral cross with the Crucifix on its ...front side and a short prayer "Lord, Have Mercy Upon Us" on its backside. The cross has a simple four-pointed shape. For two thousand years, the Church had known different shapes of the crosses: a quatrefoil, a circle, a swastika, a trident, a tree, an anchor, etc. They diversified a simple shape of a pectoral cross and brought additional symbolic meaning into it. But the most important symbolic form has always remained the four-pointed cross - as an image of the unity and harmony of the created and the Divine, the earthly and the Heavenly, so that they "may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18). The four-pointed cross had always been the most significant symbol of Christianity. St. John of Damascus, the great theologian and ascetic once wrote: "Four ends of the cross are held together and joined by its center, just like the Divine power holds the height and the depth, the length, and the width". The image of the Lord on the front side of the cross is traditional for the Orthodox Church. It is the image of an earthly man who was crucified and endured a cruel execution. But according to the Orthodox tradition, the Lord is not portrayed as a sufferer. In His image, we can see a hope of resurrection, an expectation of Easter joy. Why should you buy this item?
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- The cross is a great symbol of God’s love for human beings;
- If it is gifted to a child during baptism, it will protect them throughout their whole life and will give them hope for salvation in eternal life;
- It is a beautiful and simple piece of handmade jewelry.