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'Holy Spirit' Orthodox Silver Cross Religious Symbolism in Orthodoxy
Silver Orthodox Cross Pendant
- 925 silver
- 4.63 g
This silver Orthodox cross is undoubtedly a real masterpiece of religious jewelry-making. It is adorned with numerous symbols from the Holy Scriptures, such as the dove that symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The Guardian Angels above the cross are assigned by God to look over everyone in this world. The image of the Mother of God is to the right of the image of crucified Jesus, and St. John the Baptist is to His left. The acronym "INЦI" above the cross stands for the Latin "Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum" and give the historical background of the crucifying ordered by the Judean procurator Pontius Pilate. MP OY stands for Virgin Mary - Mother of God. The word NИКА originates from the Greek word nikē-conquest and commemorates the Appearance of the Cross before the Emperor Constantine with the inscription "In this sign thou shalt conquer". It signifies the triumph of Christ over death and hell. According a legend the skull at the base of the Cross is that of Adam and the blood of Christ shed over if cleansed all humankind of sin and brought it salvation. The inscription on the reverse of this cross glorifies the Holy Cross in Church Slavic language: "The Holy Cross, the guardian of all creation, the glory of the church, the power of the rulers that strikes the demons and upholds the righteous" ("Крест-хранитель всея вселенные, Крест-красота Церкви, Крест-царей держава, Крест-демонов язва, Крест-верных утверждение"). The dimensions and the design of this cross make it ideal both for men and for women.