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Crucifix. St. John of Kronstadt

Article: 103.074


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Technique:  Miniature relief, casting, gilding, niello. Hot plique-a-jour. Handwork.
Average weight, g: 7,0
Materials:  Silver (960). Gilding (999).
Dimensions, mm:  36х22х3

This product is available in different enamel colors available upon request.

        A small cross pendant with rounded crossbeams, ornamented with enamel along the edges is devoted to the greatest Russian saint – St. John of Kronstadt (October 19/ September 31, 1829 — January 2, 1909/December 20, 1908). The icon with him is placed on the back side of this cross pendant. The shape and the enamel ornaments used in creating this cross underline his life and service he performed in the second half of 19th century.
     The cross obverse according to the Orthodox tradition is devoted to the image of the Christ Crucifixion. It represents sufferings of our Lord that He endured on the cross for sins of all mankind. Jesus Christ, true God, Omnipotent Creator of the entire Universe, the great King of Angels and human beings, the powerful Lord of every living thing, the ferocious Judge of the living and the dead. He was born as a common human being for the great love to His creatures, and died by the most severe and painful death the humanity was capable of.
      The Divine Liturgy reminds us of the great deed of love made by Our Savior. The Liturgy is the most important Divine Service on which the Mystery of the Eucharist established by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper is performed. St. John of Kronstadt believed that even the sun is shining and the earth is produce harvest for the sake of that Mystery: “But without the Liturgy, the sun will become dark, and the ground will stop produce harvest”. For that St. John of Kronstadt is often portrayed holding the Liturgical chalice in his hands.
      Since he was a boy the Saint was very sensible to inner and spiritual world. At the age of six St. John met his own Guardian Angel. St. John of Kronstadt was not very bright and attentive in his studies, the same as St. Sergius of Radonezh. So the same as St. Sergius he prayed God to give him talent in studies and tried his best.
     In 1855 St. John graduated from Saint-Petersburg ecclesiastical academy, and was appointed to be a priest at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Kronstadt. From that moment every day of his earth life St. John of Kronstadt himself conducted the Divine Liturgy and administrated the Holy Communion. Believers from all over the country came to the Cathedral for his services. Thousands of people gathered on the cathedral square to confess their sins, and to listen to the sermon performed by the Saint. For that St. John of Kronstadt was called “the all-Russian father (batiushka)”. At the same time he was engaged in charity work, taught in a gymnasium, established the House of Labor for poor, two special schools, a clinic, asylum for tramps, canteen. St. John of Kronstadt also traveled around the country and visited people in the most distant locations.
       St. John of Kronstadt was the greatest ascetic but hid his asceticism carefully from people. His asceticism was based of fasting and constant prayer. Every day conduction of the Divine Liturgy service demanded rigorous fast from him as well. His own Christian experience is described by him in a remarkable book “My Life in Christ”.
      Kronstadt already was a place where minor criminals and vicious people lived and were in exile from the city. Also in that area lived unskilled laborers who worked mainly in seaport. All of them lived in wretched hovels and dugouts and they drank heavily. To those morally lost and disdained by everyone people the great spiritual pastor devoted his attention. St. John of Kronstadt came there every day, talked to people and consoled them, nursed the sick ones, supported with money. He gave away everything he had and quite often returned home without outwear and barefoot. “A human being should be loved in any state, both in his sin, and in his shame, – Father John said. – A man who is God’s image should not be confused with evil that is in him…” Father John helped the families of degraded alcoholics, bought food and medicine. As a result he turned the lost human beings towards God and better life through the power of his compassionate pastoral love.
      And it was those lost people who first “discovered” his sanctity.
Amazing gift of wonder working made Father John famous all over country and far beyond its borders. It is impossible to count all the wonders performed by this Saint. Numerous wonders were worked on the distance only by the power of his prayers. By laying his hands on sick people and by praying St. John healed the most dangerous illnesses no matter if it was in private, or in crowd, and often being far away from the patient. Sometimes it was enough to write a letter or to send a telegram to him, and the wonder of healing occurred by his prayer. St. John of Kronstadt healed not only Orthodox believers, but Moslems, Hebrews, Lutherans, and just foreigners that turned to him for help from abroad. Father John was endowed with that gift of wonder working for his great deeds – constant prayer, rigorous fasting, and selfless devotion to God and love for people.