All Orthodox Witness Pins - Martyrika
Martryika - witness pins - are small, decorated cross pendants meant to be worn on the lapel. These small crosses, also seen on bracelets nowadays, are handed out at the end of the baptism to guests as proof of witnessing the sacrament. Although Martyrika is not a mandatory part of the baptism, people choose to include them to continue the tradition.
Our martyrika do come with the option to add a customized tag. Each tag is embellished with a gold, blue, or pink cross and measures approximately 2.25” x 2.25”. Tags are printed on white card stock and include an explanation of the symbolic tradition of martyrika, the child's name, and the baptism date. Tags may be ordered separately to add to your own martyrika.
It is often seen that a small ‘Evil Eye Charm’ is hung with the martyrika.READ MORE
The Evil Eye is a belief that one can be cursed by receiving a malevolent gaze, primarily originating from envy. The belief holds that you can ward off this curse by wearing or decorating with a magical amulet, often in the shape of an eye. This superstition has existed across cultures for thousands of years, and as such has no basis in Christian faith. As Christians, we do not put our trust in charms and amulets. Instead, we look to the Cross of Christ as the symbol of our protection. Here at Dahlia, we refrain from using the Evil Eye charm and favor a cross for our martyrika instead.
We recommend ordering your martyrika 2-3 months prior to your event date. However, we understand that last-minute events happen and a decision is made to offer martyrika, so we have much material prepared to make your order quickly.
Shipping is recommended at least one month prior to the event. If there is any problem delivering your order in time or an expedited shipping is needed, we will let you know.