Item No. 006259
Sterling silver Soldier's Cross; approx. 3/4" w X 1-3/8" h; chain not included.
Delivered in a velvet box with satin lining.
Historically, the Soldier's Cross was given by the Czar to soldiers going off to war.
This design incorporates the St. Andrew Cross with extensive lettering “King of Glory” appearing in Slavonic abbreviation at the top. IC XC for “Jesus Christ” is on the upper cross bar, “Sn Bzhii” for “Son of God” on the lower cross bar. At the base, there is a skull with a G and an A on either side for “the skull of Adam”, and the letters MLRB for “the place of the skull has become Paradise”. To the left of the upright is a spear, and the right a staff with a sponge.
The reverse side bears the prayer to the venerable Cross of the Lord, from Psalm 68 in Slavonic, “Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered,” known to all who strive to fight the unseen warfare of the Christian faith.
Tradition teaches that when the Apostle Andrew preached in southern Russia he placed a life-size three-bar cross at his side. While explaining the Last Judgment he tilted the foot plate to signify that those on the right side of Christ will go up into heaven and those on the left will go down into hell.
Also available in 14k yellow gold, see Item No. 008145
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