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Offline Tikhon.of.Colorado

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blessing cross at icon corner
« on: February 24, 2011, 11:08:58 PM »
I've heard it's customary to keep a blessing cross at the icon corner to venerate after your evening prayers.  is this true?

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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 11:23:46 PM »
I've got a couple.
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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011, 11:53:09 PM »
I have a small metal Ethiopian blessing cross in my corner.
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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011, 12:36:01 AM »
I was given an Ethiopian wooden blessing cross as a gift, and I hold it when I say the prayer of the cross: "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered..."

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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 07:54:36 PM »
Um... What's a blessing cross? (Unafraid of sounding stupid.) Is it a regular cross or something else, something special?
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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 08:00:54 PM »
Um... What's a blessing cross? (Unafraid of sounding stupid.) Is it a regular cross or something else, something special?

Its a small cross that you can hold in your hand and bless yourself during prayer. Kind of like the cross that a priest blesses us with after the Liturgy.

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Ethiopian (similar to the one I have):


Coptic:



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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 09:45:42 PM »
How beautiful those are!
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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2011, 10:06:49 PM »
I was given an Ethiopian wooden blessing cross as a gift, and I hold it when I say the prayer of the cross: "Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered..."
Same here. Minus the Ethiopian cross; I've got a Greek cross.

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Re: blessing cross at icon corner
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2011, 02:07:53 PM »
Coptic:


Anyone know what these ones are made out of? Are they stone and heavy, or just cut plastic and light?