Thursday, April 29, 2021

I Pulled Over for This: St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church

Really, I did. 
This was an unexpected find 
along some backroad in New Jersey. 

How gorgeous are those domes? 

And this door. 

Not being Russian Orthodox, 
I did look up the symbolism of their style of cross. 
explains is like this:

The top bar symbolizes the sign that was hung above the head of Christ, 
it was written: "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews"

The middle bar was where Christ's hands were nailed.

The lower bar is the foot-rest. 
According to the Russian Orthodox tradition the feet are depicted as being nailed 
not at one point but individually at the two sides of the footrest.

The slanted line reminds us of the two thieves on both sides of the cross. 
One of them to the right of Christ ascended to Heaven, while the other one sank to Hell. 
Thus bottom bar of the cross is like the scale of justice and its points show the way to the Hell and Heaven.

Another interesting fact is that the upper point of the slanted beam always show the way to the North. 
Thus a church cross can serve as a compass.

And I did not overlook 
this lonely grape hyacinth 
standing alone in the cemetery.

St Mary's Russian Orthodox Church
Jackson, NJ 

1 comment:

Tamar SB said...

What a stunning piece of architecture!