These lovely Holyland olive wood Russian Orthodox wall crosses are made from olive wood from the Bethlehem area.
They can be hung on the wall as there is a small hole on the reverse side to be used with a nail or screw.
They are a perfect gift for many occasions, such as for a Christening, First Communion, Confirmation, House Blessing, Marriage, Gifts for Clergy members and teachers, Easter, Christmas and is destined to become a treasured heirloom.
Please note that each one is unique since no piece of olive wood is the same.
These Russian Orthodox l crosses are available in 16 cm / 6", 20 cm / 8" and 25 cm / 10". Please choose the correct size when ordering. If you are looking for a size, not shown, please contact me.
What is an Eastern / Russian Orthodox Cross ?
The Eastern Orthodox Cross has many different names including the Russian Orthodox Cross, the Crux Orthodoxa, the Byzantine cross, the Eastern cross, the Suppendaneum Cross and the Russian cross.
It is similar to the Patriarchal cross, but has 2 smaller bars, one at the top and one near the bottom (diagonal) as well as the longer crossbeam. The upper bar represents the sign "INRI," ("Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews") the mocking title bestowed on Christ by the Romans in the New Testament account of the crucifixion. The lower bar represents the footrest (suppendaneum) to which the feet of Jesus were nailed. One tradition says that this comes from the idea that as Jesus took his last breath, the bar his feet were nailed to broke, thus slanting to the side. Another tradition holds that the lower end points to hell, and the upper to heaven, representing the destinies of the two thieves crucified with Christ. The first thief, repentant, went to heaven, the second, who did not regret his sin, to hell. In this way it reminds the believer of the Last Judgment.