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Tales of the miracles of the prelate, committed on Russian soil, began to be recorded in ancient times. In honor of St. Nicholas numerous churches and monasteries were erected, Russian people called him by their children's name at Baptism. There is not a single house and not a single temple in the Russian Church, in which there is no image of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
Ancient compiler of the Life wrote about St. Nicholas: "Many great and glorious wonders have been created on the earth and on the seas, in need of help, rescuing from drowning, and from the depths of the sea on dry wear, from admiration and bringing home, from bonds and dungeons Delivering from the sword of the sword, stepping up and freeing from death, many many giving healing: blind sight, lame walking, deaf hearing, dumb words. Many in the poverty and misery of the last who suffer enrichment, the ready-made food for food and every ready-made helper in every need, a warm patron and fast spokesman and defender appear, and helps those who call on him and helps him out of his troubles. The message of the great Wonder-worker is East and West and all the ends of the earth tell him his miracles. "
This image symbolizes as a special veneration of the Holy Healer in the earthly church, and a worthy place occupied by him in the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Nicholas looks out of the window of a richly decorated temple or palace, holding the Gospel in his hand. This is a valuable reminder for believers that Nicholas the Miracle-Worker does not forget about them, staying in Heaven, and continues to do good and give parting words to people, contemplating human life from above.
The image of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, carried with him, can protect against many misfortunes and help overcome a difficult period in life. Especially it helps the sick, the oppressed, dying, grief and poverty.
The proportions of the product are very harmonious: coming close to the equilateral Greek cross, the fold gives an impression of compactness and proportionality. The cross combines several images: the Crucifixion and the Holy Image in the head, the icons of the Mother of God "The Unbreakable Wall" and Nicholas the Miracle-Worker.
The Holy Image appears in the images on the crosses from the VIII century. In the icon painting tradition of Ancient Rus, the reverse sides of the outward icons were often decorated with the image of St. Nicholas - the mirror of virtue, the reverent servant of Christ.
The combination of the Virgin icon and the Cross is also traditional. Many images of the Mother of God had on the back the image of Golgotha, as, for example, the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. The lateral to the lemma, arranged in tight cross-shaped arches, differ in rhythm from the central field, where the figure of Christ is located quite freely.
These compositional pauses give the central image a special significance, emphasizing the loneliness of Christ: "I was once crucified by the Jewish people, and all renounced my fellowship with me; ... the very ones whom I gave my body to eat, looked from afar upon me hardened; John ... did not take a copy when my ribs pierced. Thomas was not there, Matthew left; This face of the twelve is scattered ... "(Ephraim the Syrian).