Knowing that our faith is linked to a series of visuals that demonstrate its soundness is a peaceful and quiet reassurance. Here we see that nearly 900 years ago the Cross of our Lord, the holy instrument of our salvation, was revered in this 12th century Russian icon. In this icon we see the Cross flanked by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. In their hands are instruments representing the Passion: the sponge and lance. Hovering above them are the angelic host, the Cherubim and six-winged Seraphim.