Advice 1: How to wear a pectoral cross

Cross dressed man in the Sacrament of Baptism and is worn on the chest for the rest of my life. The crucifix is a symbol of commitment to God, to the Orthodox faith. This sign helps in troubles and difficulties, strengthens the spirit, protects against demonic snares. After the victory of Jesus Christ over death, the cross became a symbol of the triumph of good over evil.
Instruction
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Crucifix is a sacred symbol, not a piece of jewelry. Do not buy diamond-studded Crucifix just to show off his wealth. God is in your soul and does not require the expression of love through the precious pendants.
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Choosing the crucifix, pay attention not to the value of the metal from which it is made, and which depicts the Crucifixion. It can be Orthodox or Catholic.
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Orthodox crosses have a very ancient history. Most often they are octagonal. Canon image of the Crucifixion confirmed in 692 year Tula Cathedral. Since then his form has remained unchanged. The figure of Jesus Christ on the cross expresses peace, harmony and dignity. It embodied the most important of his incarnation - the divine and the Human. The body of Christ superimposed on the cross opens its arms to all those who suffer, trying to protect his disciples from evil.
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The Orthodox cross has the inscription "Save and protect". This is due to the fact that during the consecration of the Crucifix the priest reads two prayers, calling to protect not only the soul but also the body from evil forces. The cross becomes a security guard person from any burdens and tribulations.
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The Catholic Church has not accepted this concept, where the Crucifixion is represented differently. On the cross expressed the torments of Christ, his head the crown of thorns, the feet are together and pierced with nails, his hands went slack at the elbows. Catholics presented with human suffering, forgetting about the divine incarnation.
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Before you wear a crucifix, it is necessary to sanctify. This can be done in any of the Church going to the priest before the service starts.
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To wear a crucifix under my shirt better, not parading. Especially if you go to a gambling or drinking establishments. Remember that this is not a decoration, but a symbol of Faith.
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Divine does not accept the superstitions, so all the stories about what was found a pectoral cross cannot be lifted and taken yourself or that the Crucifixion should not be presented are fictions. If you found a Crucifix, can sanctify it and relaxed to wear. Or give it to the temple, where he will give to those in need. And give crucifix, of course, possible. This will only please a loved one, Express your love to him.

Advice 2: Do I have to wear a pectoral cross

Gone are the days when any sign of belonging to the Christian Church, including wearing a crucifix, could entail serious implications, in the best case, ridicule. Wearing a cross today, none are forbidden. Another question arises: do I need to do?
The main condition for the wearing of the Christian crucifix is the understanding of its meaning. It is neither decoration, nor a talisman, able to protect from all misfortunes. Such an attitude to the sacred subject is characteristic of paganism, not Christianity.
The pectoral cross is a tangible expression of "the cross" that God gives a person who wants to serve Him. Wearing a cross, a Christian promises to live the commandments of God, no matter what it takes, and endure all trials. The one who realized it, of course, you need to wear a pectoral cross.

How not to wear a pectoral cross



The pectoral cross is the sign of belonging to the Church. Those who have not yet joined it, i.e. has not been baptized, to wear a pectoral cross should not.

You should not wear a cross on top of the clothing. According to Church tradition, only priests wear crosses on top of the robes. If so does a layman, it looks like a desire to put his faith on display, to boast of it. This manifestation of pride is not befitting a Christian.

Crucifix, as its name implies, should be on the body or chest, closer to his heart. You can't carry a cross in my ear in the form of earrings or bracelet. Should not imitate those people who wear the cross in a bag or pocket and say: "He is still with me." This attitude to body cross borders on blasphemy. Put a cross in the bag can only be on time if the chain is torn.

What should be Orthodox pectoral cross



It is sometimes said that the four-pointed cross is worn by Catholics, but it is not. The Orthodox Church recognizes all types of crosses: four-pointed, eight-pointed, with an image of the crucified Saviour. The only thing that should be avoided for an Orthodox Christian is the image of the crucifixion with the utmost realism (sagging body and other details of the sufferings on the cross). It really is typical for Catholicism.

The material from which the cross is made, can be anything. It is only necessary to consider the specific person – for example, there are people who have the silver on the body darkens, a man silver cross to anything.

No one is forbidden to wear a cross is large or inlaid with precious stones, but you should consider: is it compatible with the Christian faith is the demonstration of luxury?

The cross should be consecrated. If he bought in the Church shop, to worry about it not worth it, there is a cross sell is already sanctified. The cross bought at a jewelry store, you need to consecrate in the temple, it will take a few minutes. Sanctify cross once, but if you are not sure of the consecrated or not, it should be done.

There is nothing wrong with wearing a cross that belonged to the deceased person. Grandson may receive in baptism the cross of a deceased grandfather, and do not be afraid that he will "inherit" the fate of a relative. The idea of inevitable fate at all incompatible with the Christian faith.
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