Christian Orthodox Cross Necklace SAINT SERGIUS OF RADONEZH Materials: Sterling Silver (925 grade), 24K Gilding, Blackening Average weight: 3 grams Size: 28 x 15 mm (including the bail) Technique: casting, gilding, blackening, handmade Symbolism and application of the item This nice cross is dedicated to Saint Sergius of Radonezh. On the front side, you ...can see the traditional crucifixion with Christ's monogram above His head. On the backside, you can see the image of the icon of Saint Sergius of Radonezh. The date of his birth is unclear: it could be 1314, 1319, or 1322. His medieval biography states that he was born to Kiril and Maria, a boyar family, near Rostov (Yaroslavl Oblast), on the spot where Varnitsy Monastery now stands. Sergius received the baptismal name of Bartholomew in honor of the Apostle Bartholomew. Although an intelligent boy, Bartholomew had great difficulty learning to read. His biography states that a spiritual elder met him one day and gave him a piece of prosphora (holy bread) to eat, and from that day forward he was able to read. Orthodox Christians interpret the incident as being an angelic visitation. Upon his parents' death, Bartholomew went to Khotkovo near Moscow, where his older brother Stefan was a monk. He persuaded Stefan to find a more secluded place to live the ascetic life. In the deep forest at Makovets Hill, they decided to build a small monastic cell and a church dedicated in honor of the Trinity. Thus started the history of the great Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Saint Sergius forbade everyone to accept alms and established a rule to live from their labor, showing this by his example. Sergius of Radonezh could influence the cruelest hearts, reconcile the warring princes, and predict the victory of Dmitry Donskoy. Dmitry Donskoy venerated St. Sergius and came to him before the battle to pray and receive a blessing. Saint Sergius can help in the most difficult cases when everything else is powerless. They pray to him for the healing of both body and soul. It is believed that prayers to this saint help a person get rid of pride and excessive conceit. They also turn to the saint with requests for mental development and academic success. This cross can be a very good present for any student. Why should you buy this item?
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