Choosing a cross, it is important not to be guided by its beauty and material value of the product, and understanding that the pectoral cross is a symbol of our faith.
All goods purchased in the temple or iconic shop, it's been lighting before the sale and re-consecration does not require. But if the product was purchased at a conventional jewelry store, be sure to sanctify the cross.
When you select the cross you should pay attention to the fact that some of the cross the crucifix is made by Catholic sample. Such cross coverage in the Orthodox Church are not subject. Unlike the Catholic crucifix from the Orthodox is the way nailed to the cross the feet of Christ. In the Orthodox crucifixion, two nails, and the Catholic one.
Wishing to consecrate the cross necessary to visit a temple where to apply to employees near the candle which sell candle and write required. At your request, they will be invited after the service the priest to talk about sanctification.
Lighting can conduct any priest. For this you should refer to him with the words: "Reverend father! I ask you to sanctify my cross to bear wearable!
And the priest shall take your cross, examine it and decide on the compliance of the canonical status of Orthodoxy. Although sanctification be just the cross itself, to convey it can be hung on a chain or Gaitan.
After seeing the cross and complying with the Orthodox canons, the priest enters to the altar and hold the put in this case, the rite.
At the consecration of the cross, the priest read two special prayers. In those prayers he asked the Lord God that he has poured the heavenly power in the cross and that the cross was guarded by not only the soul but also the body of the wearer from all the slander of the enemy, sorcery, witchcraft and other evil forces. After prayers are read, the priest will return you to the cross.
Advice 2: How to sanctify the cross
God created good and perfect the world has changed after the fall. Now all things created by man, are considered unclean. Orthodox Christians dear and important for them tried to sanctify the Church.
To sanctify is not a very big thing - the pectoral cross, ring, cake, or eggs for Easter - take them to Church. Do not have to coincide with it to any occasion. The temples are open to believers every day, and the ritual has nothing to do with dates.
If your cross standard, like the others, tie him to a bright ribbon or braid. At the same time will be sanctified few items, make sure not to confuse a thing with someone else. The cross purchased Church, is sanctified, to carry out the ritual again is not necessary.
Contact the priest before the Liturgy. If you failed to find it - ask for help from any employee of the Church. Typically, the staff responsible for the organization of rites, are behind the counter that sells icons and candles. Explain to him what is required. It will give things for the altar and the priest will announce it to him.
You may want to be present in the Church during singing. Try to renounce from worldly thoughts and think only about the spiritual. Read "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit" and "the grace of the Holy spirit." Wait until the end of the service. Three times the priest will sprinkle the items with Holy water and read the corresponding case of the Psalms. After that, the thing is considered to be purified.
When the prayer ends, go to the priest for the consecrated crossOhm. Don't forget to thank him and to ask the blessing.
Remember that the rite of consecration of any thing not the main thing. Basic thoughts are born at the same time. Without clean thoughts, his conduct becomes meaningless. Before going to Church, try to dismiss all the bad things, think only good, read the prayer. Bearing on the body of a consecrated thing, not to swear, to smoke, to be angry. Otherwise the cross will again have to carry to Church.
Is the advice useful?
It is best to consecrate things on a weekday. The Church will be less people and you can talk to a priest and ask him for advice.