St. Michael the Archangel is one of the 72 angels who have the mystical name of God. In the Biblical tradition Michael is the greatest of all the angels.
St. Michael is the patron of the Guardian of the Catholic Church, Ukrainian city of Kiev, the Guardian of Vatican City, protector of the Jewish people, police officers, military, grocers, mariners, paratroopers.
God gave Michael great privileges. It was he who blew the pipe in the doomsday. The word “angel” in Greek means messenger. God often tells us His will through them.
The name Michael – in Hebrew means “Who is like God”, “like God”.
St. Michael the Archangel is called the prince in the Scripture, the leader of the Lord’s army, and he is depicted as the main fighter against the devil and all iniquity among people. Hence, his church name is the senior warrior, the leader.
He is dressed in armor and armed with a sword and shield or spear. He has wings that allows to distinguish him from the other dragonfighter – St. George.
The Church looks up to St. Michael the Archangel as a defender of faith and a fighter against heresies and all evil. At the beginning of the 4th century on November, 8 the Church established the celebration of the aggregate of the holy angels led by St. Michael the Archangel.
In the Russian Heraldry the Archangel Michael is depicted in the coats of arms of the cities of Arkhangelsk and Kiev.
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Dog tag “Border Guard Service of Russia” (Skull) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is an image of the waving Russian state flag overlaid with the “dead head” in a green beret.
At the top of the tag there is the inscription: “RUSSIA”, at the bottom – an abbreviation: “FPS” – Federal Border Guard Service.
The dog tag of the soldiers of the 3rd Separate Brigade of Special Purpose of the Internal Forces of the Republic of Belarus.
The symbol of the brigade is the lynx – a dweller of Belarusian forest. It is an agile, fast, careful and at the same time cunning and clever animal.
Obviously, the soldiers of Belarusian special forces pretend to own the same qualities.
A hand-painted Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “The Virgin of Assuage My Sorrows”.
This miraculous icon is particularly revered in the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Virgin is depicted holding the Christ Child on the right hand, and touching His forehead with Her left hand.
A hand-painted Orthodox Christian Easter Egg made of finewood with the image of the Icon of “The Theotokos of the Akathist”.
The Icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ Child snuggling up to his mother's cheek.
It has a Greek origin and was painted in the XVI century.