The Most Popular Russian Orthodox
The St. Olga Cross is the most popular of the Russian
Orthodox crosses, named after Olga, the Princess of
Kiev who spread Christianity through the region.
* The gold Orthodox cross of St. Olga features:
* A Byzantine style ornate cross with the three barred
Russian Orthodox cross in the center.
* IC at the end of the left cross bar meaning, Jesus.
* XC at the end of the right cross bar meaning, Christ.
* The top cross bar contains a round ray of light with
rays shining out around it.
* The gold symbolizes God.
* The Russian Orthodox Church Comes to America
St. Olga was the first to bring Christianity to Kiev
after she was baptized in Constantinople. She died before
she was able to make it the formal religion of the country.
Her grandson, Vladimir, however, adopted the Christian
religion celebrated by the Byzantine Empire as the official
religion of Russia. This became the Russian Orthodox
When Russian seamen arrived in Alaska in the 1700's,
they brought the Russian Orthodox religion with them.
A short time later, missionaries arrived and the religion
spread from Alaska to California, then outward to other
Celebrating Russian Orthodox Feasts
There are many feasts celebrated by the Russian Orthodox
Church. The St. Olga Cross, the Orthodox Cross pendant,
and the Orthodox Cross necklace make perfect gift for
family members during these feasts.
* Beginning of Great Lent
* Palm Sunday
* Western Easter
All these Russian Orthodox feasts prepare the Christian
for Jesus Christ's passion, crucifixion, and resurrection.
The St. Olga cross is a symbol of all these feasts,
reminding Christians of the sacrifice Jesus made for
all of them and his glorious resurrection. The Russian
Orthodox cross gives followers of Jesus Christ hope
for eternal life, living in joy and peace with God forever.