Going from RC to the OO community, I found a very common "instrument" amoung the Syrians, Egyptians and Ethiopians was the priest almost always had a hand cross. Going to the local Carpatho Russ. church, I saw the abseence of this amoung the local priest. Almost every time I met abouna, and go to kiss his hand, he always offered the cross instead. Also, after confession, abouna makes a sign over the penitents head with the cross, and the penitent kisses the hand cross after the absolution. Is this also common amoung other OO and EO communites?