Orthodox Christian Jewelry (292)
The Holy Virgin — the Inexhaustible Cup and also the Patroness of Alcoholics. A peasant from the Efremovskii district of Tula province, was a retired soldier a drunkard and alcoholic. The man having hit rock-bottom had paralysis and could not walk. A Holy Man appeared to him in a dream and told him to go to the Monastery of Our Lady Queen of Heaven in the town of Serpukhov where you will find an icon of Our Lady of the Inexhaustible Cup. He had no money and no one to help him go to the Monastery. The Holy Man again appeared to him two other times commanding him to craw on all fours. He followed the Holy Man’s bidding. On his way a kind lady gave him shelter and massaged his legs. After this he was able to continue his journey with the help of others. When he told them at the Monastery of his dream, no one knew of this icon. He insisted and it was suggested there was an icon of the Virgin seated in a cup hanging in the hallway from the vestry to the cathedral. No one knew how the Cathedral had this icon. To their surprise, they found the inscription “Our Lady of the Inexhaustible Cup” on the reverse side of the icon. They immediately celebrated a service supplicating the Virgin to intercede for the man who was cured of illnesses and freed from his passion for alcohol. The news of this miracle spread throughout Russia and people sought the aid of the Virgin for themselves and their loved ones suffering from alcoholism.
The Virgin of Vladimir (the most beloved icon of the Mother of God) is represented on the banner and the reverse side has a Cross with traditional Russian “lily” designs and a prayer to the Mother of God. The picture shows both sides of the pendant.
Solid 14k Gold
Dimensions: 5/8" x 3/4"
Orthodox tradition teaches that Prince Abgar of Edessa, afflicted with leprosy, sought Christ`s healing. Christ unable to go see Abgar, wiped his face with a cloth upon which His image appeared. Christ sent the "Holy Napkin" to Abgar, who was healed. This napkin was preserved for many centuries and has been copied in iconography and religious jewelry.