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Christ Enthroned. The Mother of God Enthroned

Article: 101.027


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Technique:  Miniature relief, casting, gilding, niello, handwork.
Average weight:  8,0
Materials:  Silver (925). Gilding (999).
Dimensions:  3,1х1,9х0,3

     By the shape this cross pendant with the icon of enthroned Lord Jesus Christ on the obverse and the Holy Mother of God on the reverse reminds ancient Rus church. The cross and the church – these images are traditionally bound in Orthodoxy: church is crowned with cross and has a cross shape in projection. Saints on the icons are often depicted with a cross and an arch symbolize temple. Finally every believer makes the sign of the cross over his or her body before entering and leaving temple. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinth. 6:19-20). The temple and the cross are the image of crucified Christ whose body is the temple (John 2:21) and the Church (Col. 1:24); it is the image of the earthy world expiated by the cross and gathered into the Church; it is the image of Heavenly Jerusalem with no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty is the temple thereof (Revel. 21:22). During Sacrament of Baptism a person is christened into Christ and after it wears cross pendant as a sign of belonging to the Church, and a symbol of promised Heaven to where this person aspires.
       On this cross pendant Christ and the Mother of God as if sit nobly on the throne in a temple. Semicircles above their heads seem to be both chancel apses and temple domes and central circle is crowned by the Calvary Cross pictured at the ear. It is not accidental, because temple is constructed in such a way that dome and chancel symbolize the same – the Heavenly Kingdom.
Christ and the Holy Lady are pictured twice on this cross pendant. On the obverse the Mother of God together with John the Baptist stands before Her Son; on the reverse She holds Infant Christ in Her hands. The Lord says: “For without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5); that is why every church has many different holy images of Christ. Holy Lady is placed nearby, as the Most Pure and the Most Blessed She was the only one selected among people for co-serving Him in the Temple of Universe. Archangels Michael and Gabriel bow to Her and to the Infant Christ.
     On the obverse Christ is shown in the middle of Diesis – so called composition of the Lord Almighty with the Mother of God and St. John the Forerunner Interceding. In church iconostasis Diesis tier enlarged by icons of archangels, saints, and martyrs. The whole composition symbolizes the perfect Church of only saints, in which believers take part during Sacramental Eucharist, as well as the earth Church will unite with after the Last Judgment Day. On this Day the Holy Lady will be our main Heavenly Mediatress everlastingly praying to the Lord for us. The last prophet and the Lord’s Baptist, John the Forerunner is praying together with Her, he was the first one who appealed to the mankind: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 3:2).
       The world will change after the Last Judgment Day. “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27). The Book in Christ’s hand is that same Book of Human Destinies. Woe to those whose names lack therein – the Holy Apostle says – retribution of God will befall them. These “dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood” (Rev. 22:15).
      The book on the icon has another meaning as well. It symbolizes New Testament, new treaty, new agreement that was covenanted between God and people while His first advent to the earth as human being Jesus Christ. The main law of this Testament is Love Commandment: “as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).
      The image of the cross with throne icons of Christ and the Holy Lady is a symbolic sermon of the human way to salvation and eternity. However it is always the road full of sorrows: it passes through the Church and with Christ, and is possible only with the help of God and intercession of the Holy Lady, John the Baptist and other God's saints and angels.
      Cross is a great and victorious weapon for our salvation, holy symbol of Christendom. Cross with icons of Christ, Virgin Mary, the saints and angels guards its owner as shield and sword. Therefore as St. Ephraem the Syrian (†373) says: “Neither for an hour, not for a single moment should we, Christians, leave it, but carry it everywhere whatever doing. Whether sleeping or staying awake, or working, or eating, or drinking, or heading for, or sailing, or getting over river – should we embellish all our limbs with vivifying Cross.”