Russian icon The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, XIX century
Dimensions: 31 x 26.5 cm
The Feast of the Holy Cross is dedicated to the finding of the true Holy Cross, on which the Savior was crucified. Mother of Emperor Constantine, Equal-to-the-Apostles Elena, went to Jerusalem to find the places connected with the earthly life of Jesus Christ, and it is her that is honored with the discovery of the Holy Cross. In the center of the icon composition on the podium is the Cross held by Macarius, Bishop of Jerusalem. On two sides the heavy cross is supported by two clerics. The bishop’s hands are drawn in such a way that it seems that he is starting to raise the Cross or is already lowering it. This is due to the fact that after the discovery of the Cross, the Bishop shows it to all those present, by blessing them. In the background we see the Jerusalem Temple, symbolizing the Heavenly Jerusalem. To the left and to the right of the Bishop are the figures of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine and Elena, prayerfully holding out their hands to the Cross.