3 Most Famous Russian Orthodox Icons


Virgin of Vladimir Mother of God

This famous icon was painted by the evangelist Luke himself. It was delivered to Russia in the beginning of the 12th century as something special to Prince Mstislav. Russian Orthodox Church recognized the icon as miraculous after it helped stop the invaders of Moscow three times. You will see the initial Virgin of Vladimir by visiting the St. Nicholas church museum at the Tretyakov Gallery in Tolmachi.prayer icons


The Holy Trinity Icon (Troitsa)

Andrei Rublev painted this famous icon in the 15th century for the iconostasis of the Trinity Cathedral. Over 600 years, the Troitsa Icon (also called The Hospitality of Abraham) has been renovated five times. Following the restoration in 1919, the initial author's layer painting was rediscovered. Now the icon is stored and displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.


Mother of God of Kazan

The original icon was sent to Russia in the 13th century from Constantinople. It was later within the ashes in 1579 after a fire destroyed Kazan; the Virgin Mary seemed to a woman, Matrona, discovering where the icon was hidden. Today, the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God is one of Russia's most famous prayer icons.


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Russian Orthodox Silver Crosses

Orthodox Crucifixion manifests the idea of salvation and rebirth to a fresh life through torment and suffering. Initially, the emphasis was on the physical aspects of the suffering of Christ, but later, Orthodox Christians supported the Crucifixion with a far more victorious meaning.


From the symbol of ancient Roman execution, the Crucifixion changed into a sign of triumph and victory.


Orthodox Christians carry or wear silver crosses from baptism and throughout life. The looks and shape must certanly be correct and consistent with the Orthodox Church canons.


In line with the Orthodox church canons, the six-pointed shape of the Russian crosses represents our universe. A brief diagonal bar at the foot of the cross serves as a measuring "scale" of the person's righteousness. It pulls one individual down underneath the weight of sins. After repentance, it lifts him to the Kingdom of Heaven.


The seven-pointed cross has both foot diagonal bar and the top of crossbar and is most commonly on the domes of Russian Orthodox churches.


The eight-pointed Orthodox cross became widespread in the 14th century. In accordance with legend, the most truly effective bar was nailed to the cross as a search inscribed in Hebrew, Greek, and Latine languages. The mother of Emperor Constantine allegedly discovered the initial scroll.


The pectoral cross pendant occupies the leading devote the hierarchy of Christian religious accessories. Sterling silver crosses are worn each and every day: hidden under clothes, they protect from evil and temptations. For Christians, the exterior beauty of the cross is not as crucial as its religious meaning. Parents often present their babies with a sterling silver cross for baptism. From the beginning of our life path, we want the protection of the God Almighty.


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