A cross, connected to a circle, has been a symbol of the sun since ancient times. These crosses became especially common after the Baptism of Rus’ and were considered as a symbol of the Truth of Christ. Traditionally the image of the cross is placed with the icon of the Mother of God on the backside and the Trinity on the front side.
Description of the cross
The church book describes the appearance of God in the form of angels to Abraham and his wife. He promised Abraham that he would have a son who would save all the sinful people and open the gates of heaven again. The Church interprets this vision as a prophecy about the birth of the Savior. One of the famous icon painters, Andrey Rublev, sees this "picture" in his way. He has depicted three angels at a round table, which symbolize:
- the Father
- the Son
- the Holy Spirit.
There are two images of angels on the picture who bends their head in front of the other three, thus speaking of the upcoming sacrifice of Christ. The Lord blesses the cup that he soon needs to drink for all the sins of mankind.
Pentecost is the 50th
day after the resurrection of Christ. It was a day when his Spirit descended upon the apostles. Since then this day has been named “Trinity”. “Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us” - a petition that sounds from all houses and churches from the lips of believers who pray for their salvation. It is also written on this cross.
Another icon called "The Sign" is prophetic, and is placed on the back of the cross. There is the image of the Mother of God who holds her Infant in arms. His head is outlined in a circle, which symbolizes Heaven and eternity. The icon "The Sign" has become central in the entire row of the iconostasis and therefore it is located on the icon of the Trinity.
This icon has another meaning too. It tells the story of Israel's war with the forces of Amalek. It was believed that while Moses was giving up, Amalek and his troops attacked the Israelites. Moses led Jesus to the Promised Land, and the Mother of God was praying for all people at that time. As long as her hands are raised, the Jewish people win.
At the moment, the world-famous icon is located in Novgorod. In 1169 during the battle of the Novgorodians with the Suzdalians, a real miracle happened that shocked everyone. Tears poured from the eyes of the Mother of God. The celebration of such a miracle is on the 27th
of November now.
The cross is four-pointed, which is a symbol of peace in all four parts of the world. In the centre, there is the Savior.
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