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Expanding branches of the cross "Sign", smooth connections of almost straight lines in the outlines of the product make the cross's shape simple and at the same time refined. The beauty of the outlines in this case is due to the slight deviation of the contours of the profile from perfect straightness. This method of "roundness in the straight" is characteristic of the old Russian church architecture, when a slight distortion of the verticals in the direction of a barely perceptible sphericity tells the building a unique plasticity and organicity. Thin curls of the vegetative pattern introduce the motif of the "Cross" sign. He is associated with the image of the paradise Tree of Life, which in the liturgical poetry is likened to the Mother of God herself. "Rejoice, the tree of the light is prolific, from it also live the faith", - is written in Akathistos, addressed to Ever-Virgin.
Plot of the cross
Christ is depicted in the Crucifixion "Sign" to the suffering, deprived of outer beauty. This feature finds the justification in the liturgical text where the Savior is said to have been "more kindly than any man," but hanging on the Cross, he hears the wall or I of His Most Blessed Mother: "My Son, where is your kindness good-natured?" That is, the "kindness of the eye", or, otherwise, the beauty of the image of Christ is hidden, like the sun, which rolled over the horizon. The Lord compares "with the root in the land thirsting," with the lamb being led to the slaughter. On the other side of the cross in the small medallion is the Mother of God "The Sign". On Her bosom is the image of the Savior Emmanuel in the form of the Youth. This iconography of the Savior symbolizes the sacrifice of Christ as the Immaculate Lamb. One of the meanings of the Slavic word "sign" is a miracle. This image is the symbol of the greatest miracle - the Incarnation. The icon of the Blessed Virgin "Sign" can be recommended to a young mother or a Christian praying for her children.
Holy fathers teach morning and evening to kiss the cross, prayerfully reminding others. For this holy guard of the most loved and loved ones, this cross-relic "The Sign" was created with images of patron saints. The decorative motifs of this cross resemble the ancient Russian ornamentation of pre-Mongolian times: I cross the braid on the inner wing of the enclopion, the thin twisted ornament of the blossomed Cross over the image of the Virgin. The decoration of the cross "Znameniye" with a pattern in the form of braids is a tradition widespread both in book miniature and in arts and crafts. Pearly obnos, decorating the frame of images, is in symbolic accordance with the image of the Virgin.
On the outside in the center of the cross "Sign" in the frame, decorated with acanthus leaves as symbols of the Garden of Eden, is placed the crucifixion of Christ the Savior. Inside the cross is the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin, known as the "Sign". The image of the Virgin is associated with the prophecy of Isaiah about the birth of the Son of God: "The Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son in the womb, and the name Immanuel, which means:" God is with us "(Matthew 1:23). The combination of these images provides an opportunity to recall the traditional juxtaposition of Christmas and Passion events. The infant Christ in the manger could be depicted on an icon either in white veils (a symbol of burial), or in green as "wheat grain sown to the ground", which "on the third day rose and filled the breadbasket of life" (St. Ephraim the Syrian). In both cases, the symbols of Christmas intersect with the symbols of the Great Sabbath. The liturgical poetry describes the sorrow of the Mother of God at the Cross. Also in these texts there is a comparison of the painless miraculous birth of Jesus and those inhuman sufferings experienced by the Virgin standing on Calvary of His Son. "In spite of all mothers, Agh was exalted, but now, seeing thee is crucified, they are wounded by the womb." On the back of the cross "Sign" in the decorated frame of the frame - the prayer to the Cross "Let God Rise ...", along the buttress - the prayer to the Theotokos.