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The cross, called a Byzantine Cross, contains eight points corresponding to a very ancient tradition. The smaller cross-piece at the top corresponds to the scroll indicating the subject of accusation - Jesus Christ, King of the Jews. The smaller, lower cross-piece is a stool to which were nailed the feet of Christ. In Russian icons, this stool is usually slanted upwards to Christ's right symbolizing the good thief to Christ's right and the bad thief to his left.
Lower left: Mary, Mother of God, St. Martha
Lower right: St. John Evangelist, the Centurion
Upper left: John the Baptist, St. Nicholas
Upper right: Mary, Mother of God
NOTE:These icons are the property of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Any use of copies of any of these Icons without the explicit written authorization of the Director of St. Anne Shrine is prohibited.