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"O Angel of Christ, my holy Guardian and Protector of my soul and body, forgive me all my sins of today.
Deliver me from all the wiles of the enemy, that I may not anger my God by any sin.
Pray for me, sinful and unworthy servant, that thou mayest present me worthy of the kindness and mercy of the All-holy Trinity and the Mother of my Lord Jesus Christ, and of all the Saints.
(Eastern Orthodox Prayer)
Russian Guardian angels of Alkota's collection are all made out of wood. Every single one of them is authentic original work of Russian carvers and painters, who live in Russia. As Christians Russian people believe in guardian angels. According to the Russian Orthodox Church teachings guardian angels accompany every person born on Earth during his lifetime. Every single Russian guardian angel is a concrete realization of the thoughts and inspirations of every artist. Those pieces are not multiplied copies, but one-of-a kind pieces of art. Alkota Russian Treasures commissions first the work of carving of an angel's figure to the carver. The carver starts carving only if he has a dry log of wood. If not, he dries it (big logs for several years - so a professional carver has dry logs in his possession). As soon as the statue of guardian angel is ready, it goes to the painter. The painter starts painting and decorating the gown of the angel, choosing the colors based on the order he gets. In some cases, when the artist works on a rather expensive piece, he does not touch and paint the face. A third artist, specializing on painting faces is involved. He finishes the work.
Based on the beliefs, there is a beautiful Russian tradition of collecting angel guardians. People give a guardian angel (Ангел-Хранитель, or Angel Guardian as we say it in Russian, ) as a gift to family members on birthday, Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, or any other holiday. Every angel you see in our collection carries an Angel Name from the Bible. Under every angel there is a short note about angel's virtues. The personification is helping to better understand the meaning of every angel. Get the Angel-Guardian today for you and your children. Cherish them and they will always guard you in life!