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Cross “Crucifix”

$ 45.00

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SKU: KS002 Category:

Sterling Silver 925 / 24 kt Gold Gilding (999), Blackening
Size: 26×13 mm / 1.02×0.51 in
Weight: ~ 2,0 g / ~ 0.07 oz
Model: 1996

This is a small cross pendant whose shape is similar to that of Russian reliquary crosses made in the 14-th – 15th centuries. The small size makes it perfect for infant baptism. The ends are smooth and keel-shaped, resembling the traditional depiction of the angelic forces.

The front of the cross has an engraved eight-pointed cross with a double contour, as well as a relief figure of the crucified Christ. Above the Savior’s head one can see the Slavic letters І&С Х&С (Jesus Christ).

The back of the cross contains the text of the most ancient Christian prayer in Church Slavonic “Гдcи помилуй” (Lord, have mercy). These words that were cried out by the crowds during the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross by Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem, after the latter had been discovered by Queen Helen. In order to better understand the depth of this prayer, let us quote St. John Chrysostom: “He who says: Have mercy on me, has acknowledged his sins and confessed them, for it is the sinners who desire to be pardoned. He who says: Have mercy on me, has been absolved, for those who have been pardoned shall not be punished. He who says: Have mercy on me, has gained the Kingdom of Heaven, for those pardoned by God are not only spared punishment, but are granted all things good in the future”.

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This is a small cross pendant whose shape is similar to that of Russian reliquary crosses made in the 14-th – 15th centuries. The small size makes it perfect for infant baptism. The ends are smooth and keel-shaped, resembling the traditional depiction of the angelic forces.

The front has an engraved eight-pointed cross with a double contour along with a relief figure of the crucified Christ. Above the Savior’s head one can see the Slavic letters І&С Х&С (Jesus Christ).

The back of the cross contains the text of the most ancient Christian prayer in Church Slavonic, “Гдcи помилуй” (Lord, have mercy). The crowds chanted these words during the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross by Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem, after the latter had been discovered by Queen Helen. In order to better understand the depth of this prayer, let us quote St. John Chrysostom: “He who says: Have mercy on me, has acknowledged his sins and confessed them, for it is the sinners who desire to be pardoned. He who says: Have mercy on me, has been absolved, for those who have been pardoned shall not be punished. He who says: Have mercy on me, has gained the Kingdom of Heaven, for those pardoned by God are not only spared punishment but are granted all things good in the future”.

Маленький нательный крестик по форме сходен с русскими крестами-мощевиками XIV–XV вв. Благодаря маленькому размеру он прекрасно подходит для крещения младенцев. Края креста имеют плавные килевидные окончания, что напоминает изображение ангельских сил.

На лицевой стороне крестика – углубленный восьмиконечный крест двойного контура с рельефной фигурой распятого Христа. Над головой Спасителя – славянские буквы І&С Х&С (Иисус Христос).

На оборотной стороне помещен текст древнейшей христианской молитвы на церковно-славянском языке Гдcи помилуй. Известно, что именно эти слова восклицал народ в момент Воздвижения Честного Животворящего Креста Господня Иерусалимским патриархом Макарием после его обретения царицей Еленой. Чтобы лучше понять всю глубину этой молитвы, приведем слова Святителя Иоанна Златоуста: «Кто сказал: помилуй, тот сделал исповедь и осознал грехи свои, потому что желать помилования свойственно согрешившим. Кто сказал: помилуй мя, тот получил отпущение грехов, потому что помилованный не наказывается. Кто сказал: помилуй мя, тот получил Царствие Небесное, потому что Бог кого помилует, то не только освобождает от наказания, но и удостаивает будущих благ».

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