Advice 1: How to consecrate the Church crucifix

According to Church tradition, the pectoral cross should be consecrated in the Church. The cross can be bought in any jewelry store. In the Church shops the consecrated crosses are sold. Orthodox Christians believe that consecrated cross, protects from the evil spirits.
How to consecrate the Church crucifix
Instruction
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Select an Orthodox Church where you want to sanctify pectoral cross. All churches are open to believers from morning to late evening, Monday through Sunday. Sanctify crossIR at any time, but better to do it on weekdays when the Church is less than faithful. On a weekday you can calmly talk to the priest.
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Upon entering the temple, three times the pencrossyo u and ask any Church employee to invite the priest. The Church must always be the duty of the priest. To sanctify pectoral cross can any priest or Bishop.
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Ask for blessings at the priest and tell him about your request.
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Pay the fee about the candle for the consecration crossof IR. Pectoral cross can be given at the consecration, along with the chain. Typically, it is placed on a special tray, which the priest carries the altar. It is important to remember that the pectoral crossof the IR should be exactly the Orthodox sample. Not conforming to the Orthodox canons crossIR you simply will not get sanctification.
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Pray and put a candle in the Church before the icon of the Lord or mother of God. Try to escape from all earthly things and all the attention paid to the prayers. In the altar at this time the priest reads a special prayer, which asks God to sanctify the cross. During the prayer the priest crossobrazno sprinkles Holy water on pectoral cross.
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Immediately put the cross on yourself when, after the rite of consecration, the priest will take the tray with your crossthe IR from the altar and give you. An Orthodox Christian should be in Church with to put on the crossby IR. If you have any questions about pectoral crosse, ask the priest. After all this, thank the priest and ask him for blessings.
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Carefully treat the consecrated cross. Remember that the pectoral cross is a symbol of your faith in God. According to the priests, dilapidated crossIR should be attributed to the temple. In no case do not dispose of the crossIR.

Advice 2: How to choose a crucifix

The cross – a symbol of the Orthodox faith. Church shop and jewelry stores offers a huge selection of pectoral crossov. Often the believers, the question arises whether they comply with the Orthodox canons, how to choose a crucifix.
How to choose a crucifix
Instruction
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It does not matter where you buy the cross. It can be and shop at the Church, and a jewelry shop and workshop where you will make it to order. Most importantly, the people who made the cross, took the tradition of the Church.
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Metal crucifix can also vary. Suitable gold, silver and other alloys.
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The attribute form of the Christian faith is constantly changing. Hence numerous options crosses: eight-pointed, seven-pointed, six-pointed, four-pointed, four-pointed teardrop-shaped, trefoil. The form of the cross you can also choose in its sole discretion. In this connection it is appropriate to quote the words of Dmitry of Rostov, a priest: "Not by the number of trees, not on the number of ends of the Cross of Christ is honored by us, but by Christ himself, the Holy blood Which stained. Manifesting the miraculous power, a Cross is not itself valid, but by the power of Christ crucified upon it, and the invocation of the blessed His name."
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In the selection of an Orthodox crucifix, it should be remembered that there is a difference from the Catholic. Catholics wear crosses with image of Jesus Christ on the cross, the doomed people on the flour. If you still decided to buy this crucifix, then it is advisable to spread the Savior's hands were straight and not SAG, the legs must not be crossed, must be nailed, not one nail, and two, there should be crown of thorns, and must necessarily be no other anatomical features.
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On some crosses placed the inscription "Save and protect" or "most Holy Theotokos, help us." They are not required, but is not contraindicated.
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There is a superstition that you can not wear donated or found crucifix. This is not so. It can sanctify and easily carry yourself.
Useful advice
The pectoral cross is not jewelry, but a symbol of faith for Christians. So it is not its beauty and high cost, and your attitude to the cross.

Advice 3: 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.
How to sanctify the cross
Instruction
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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When the prayer ends, go to the priest for the consecrated crossOhm. Don't forget to thank him and to ask the blessing.
Note
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.
Useful advice
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.

Advice 4: How to bless a cross

Pectoral cross worn on the neck of the person during the Sacrament of Baptism – from that moment it helps to endure all the hardships and tribulations. Consecration of the crossand has a ritual character and means the purification of the material, but also symbolizes the dedication to the Lord.
How to bless a cross
Instruction
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Sanctification shall be the crossand that you purchase in jewelry stores. Everything sold in the Church stores, as a rule, already consecrated – the crossand the icons, candles, etc. If you don't know whether the cross sanctified (you gave it, inherited from relatives, etc.), it is better to sanctify it. It is important that the cross was precisely Orthodox – with all the necessary paraphernalia.
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Choose which temple you want to consecrate the cross – the one that is close to home or one where you always go to worship. On a weekday go to the priest and find out all the details of the procedure. If you wish to attend the consecration, to clarify this matter in advance.
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Behave accordingly in the temple – cross, worship, seek the assistance of any priest is to consecrate the cross can any of them, regardless of rank. If none of the priests there, ask employees who sell candles and icons, record of rites, so they invited the priest.
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Procedure of consecration of the crossand can be paid, so you will need to pay the required amount. The priest will examine your cross and check its conformity to Orthodox canons. To give a cross you can together with the chain (although the coverage is subject only to the cross) – put it on a tray and carry to the altar. There the priest will perform all the necessary manipulations, will read two prayers and ask God permission to bless your cross, to pour his heavenly power. Henceforth, the cross will keep your body and soul from evil spirits, enemies and sorcerers. It's time for you to spend reading, or prayer, try to concentrate, to let go of all extraneous thoughts and feelings. Pray, attached to the icons, place your candles.
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When you bear the cross, wear it. If you have any questions about the crossand or any other problems, then talk with the priest, find out all the interesting moments and say thank you.
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Try to treat the crossat carefully is the symbol of your faith. If it breaks, don't throw it out – put a cross to the temple. Wear the cross constantly, not removing.

Advice 5: How to consecrate the cross in the Church

If you are a baptized people, or just going to be baptized, you must wear a pectoral cross. But before you wear it, the cross should be consecrated in Church. Buy it can in secular jewelry store or at any religious supply store. By the way, in the temples, churches and chapels the crosssell is already sanctified.
How to consecrate the cross in the Church
Instruction
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Select the Orthodox Church. All the temples are open to believers from morning to late evening, any day of the week. To consecrate the cross (and other things) at any time.
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If your cross is similar to the others, when they sanctified a few items, mark it by tying, for example, a bright ribbon. Pectoral cross can be sent for consecration along with the chain. It is important that your chosen pectoral cross was the Orthodox pattern. Not corresponding to the canons of the subject will not take for the consecration.
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Contact your priest or any employee of the Church before worship. Explain what you require. The cross will be handed over at the altar. Sanctify cross has the right to every priest on duty at this time, the Bishop.
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Pay the fee for sanctification. If it is not provided, donate any amount to the needs of the Church or building the Church in the box near the candle shop.
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At the altar the priest, or the priest reads a special prayer, asking God to sanctify your cross. During prayer the subject will be cross sprinkled with Holy water.
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If you pass unholy crucifix for the rite of baptism, do not forget to inform the Minister of the Church about it. The subject will cover during the baptism, lowering into the font of Holy water.
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After the consecration the priest will take the tray with the crossout of the altar and give it to you, just put the cross on the neck. All Orthodox Christians should be in Church, only wearing the cross.
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Go to the priest, bow and words, thank him for his service and ask for blessings.
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Pectoral cross for each Orthodox Christian is the main symbol of faith, the Holy sign of the existence of Jesus Christ. Treat the sanctified cross. Try not to remove it even in the most unexpected situations.

Advice 6: How to consecrate an icon

The icon for an Orthodox person is a great relic, a window into the spiritual world. Orthodox Christians venerate is not the material from which made the image, and paint, but directly to the person depicted on the icon.
How to consecrate an icon

In the Christian tradition it is customary to call written images of the great ascetics of piety the Holy icons. In the Orthodox service is a special rite of sanctification of various icons.

Every Orthodox people want to have in your house, consecrated the Shrine is a sacred icon. Icons which can be purchased at the temples, already sanctified. Some people are want to buy the Holy images, not only in churches but in any shops. In such cases, if the icon is painted according to the Orthodox Canon, the image must be blessed.

Most of the icons are consecrated in temples. This can be done at any time when the House of God, being a priest. Usually the icon is consecrated after the morning service. On holidays and Sundays, after the Liturgy or performing requested services.

In order to sanctify the icon you want to bring the Holy image into the temple and ask the priest about sanctification. You can also pre-apply to the seller in the Church shop, izjavlja the desire to sanctify the Holy image.

Icons can also be sanctified, and before the evening service. All depends directly on the employment of a priest.

Some people can ask the priest about osumenyi icons at a time when the priest has to perform some religious rites at home. In this case, the Holy way, you can consecrate immediately before or after performing the rites.

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