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Crucifixion with Bystanders. The Meeting of our Lord in the Temple.


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Technique: Miniature relief, casting, gilding, niello, handwork.
Average weight, g:7,0
Materials: Silver (925). Gilding (999).
Dimensions, mm: 39 х 19 х 3

 

     This laconic cross is made according to the shape of big worship cross in Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, which was established in the memory of New Russian Martyrs and Confessors. On this cross pendant front side is placed the image of the Crucifixion and on the back side the image of the meeting of our Lord in the Temple.
     Image of Lord’s Crucifixion on the front side is very vivid and very detailed. On the both sides from the Crucifix stand the most honored saints. To the left are standing the Most Holy Mother of God and Mary Magdalene Equal to the Apostles. To the right stand John the Evangelist and Saint Longinus the Centurion. During our Lord's passion, they were close to Him. St. Longinus was among the executioners, but confessed his sin, believed in Christ, and right there accepted death for his faith in Jesus Christ. Above the Crucifix is placed the image of the Holy Trinity. Also at the bottom are placed the icons of the most honored Orthodox saints: St. Sergius of Radonezh and St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Both these Saints lived in different countries and at different times, but they are united by the power of spiritual achievements, by their untiring preaching of love, acts of mercy that they still keep on doing in their afterlife. By the prayer they even today heal illnesses, reconcile hostile parties, find the missing, and even raise the dead. These Saints are usually prayed when someone needs help and is in need, in distress, and wrongfully convicted. They are first assistants of travelers and students, of soldiers and sailors; they are spiritual mentors and enlighteners for all those who have hope and faith in God.
      On the back side of this cross pendant is placed the icon devoted to one of the Twelve Great Feasts celebrated by Christians every year. This icon depicts the meeting of Infant Christ, who was brought to the temple by His Mother and St. Joseph with the righteous elder Simeon. The holy elder was promised by God that he won’t die until he sees born Messiah. 
     By the Legend Simeon was translating the Book of Isaiah and stopped at a well-known prophecy: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Simeon had doubts about the word “Virgin,” and after a while, decided to replace it with the words “wife” because it will be more understandable and believable. But suddenly an angel appeared before him, stopped his hand and said: “Believe in what is written, for you won’t die until you see its fulfillment with the Lord Christ born from a Virgin with your own eyes”.
Simeon was three hundred and sixty years old when the Holy Spirit took him to the temple, so could see the Infant Christ whom the Most Holy Mother of God brought there.
       According to the Moses law a woman who had given birth to a male baby, was prohibited to enter the Lord’s temple for forty days, after giving birth. After that mother brought the baby to the temple in order to make a thanksgiving and purification offering to God. But the Most Holy Mother of God did not need purification, since She gave birth to the Source of purity and sanctity from the Holy Spirit. However She was deeply humble and She obeyed the law. St. Joseph is often depicted with two pigeons in his hands, which means sacrifice to the temple.
       St. Simeon recognized a long awaited Messiah in Infant Christ  and took the Infant God up in his arms and spoke: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32).
To the one who said the words: “you may now dismiss your servant in peace” the Lord has given the grace to free those who are imprisoned. St. Simeon is usually prayed for prisoners and convicts.
     At the bottom of this cross pendant are placed the icons of the great saints of the 20th century. First icon of the St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol, the holy hierarch and confessor; healer and wonder worker, who was an outstanding surgeon persecuted by the atheist regime. And the second icon of the Holy Martyr Benjamin, Metropolitan of Petrograd, who was honored as a saint already during his earth life and who was executed in 1922.