Cross Pokrov-Bysantine - Lily-Petal Arms collection

Cross "Pokrov" - Byzantine

The nobility of form is distinguished by the cross "Pokrov" with teardrop-shaped ends and keel-shaped top. The space of the cross "Pokrov" is harmoniously inscribed in a streamlined form, reminiscent of the examples of Byzantine art. At the end of the cross there is a prayer Cross at "Yes Resurrected God ...". The top in the form of a kokoshnik with the image of the Cherubim in the headlight resembles the dome of an Orthodox church and connects the image of the Godmother with the symbol of the Church, which is also in accordance with the image of Our Lady on the back, as the Most Holy Mother of God also symbolizes the Orthodox Church itself.


On the reverse side of the cross "Pokrov" of Byzantine type - the image of the Virgin "Pokrov", equipped with the text "Song of the Theotokos."

Cross "Pokrov" - Krividny

The comparatively small size of the Pokrov cross, its refined forms, the clear graphic pattern make this a classic example of a cross with iconographic stamps. Endings of the blades of the cross have the shape of a lily flower. This feature should recall the Tree of Life planted in the middle of Paradise.


On the front side of the cross-shaped cross "Pokrov" is represented the Suffering of the Son of God on the Cross. The wisdom of the Lord chose this form of redemption of the fallen man not by chance. The Fall of Adam, who tasted of the forbidden tree, was healed by the Lord Himself on the Tree of the Cross, which is otherwise called the Tree of Life. The Cross "Pokrov" is an unusual new altar, as well as the Sacrifice on it is brought unusual: The Savior Himself is the High Priest bringing the Sacrifice, and at the same time He is the Sacrifice, writes the Apostle Paul. Christ suffered outside the city and not in the temple to consecrate the whole world and make every place comfortable for prayer (John Chrysostom). In the opinion of St. Gregory of Nyssa, the very form of the Cross has a profound symbolic meaning: the four extremities of the Cross stretching in four different directions with the God-man crucified in the middle mean that the Lord united the "heavenly and earthly and the underworld". On the reverse side is the "Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos". This event took place in the Vlaherna temple in Byzantium in 910, when St.. Andrey Yurodivy saw the Virgin standing in the air and stretching out his omophorion over the prayers as a sign of intercession. Before the icon of the Intercession of the Virgin Mary, the girls pray for marriage.