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Orthodox funeral traditions #414479 01/12/16 12:45 PM
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I've seen an Orthodox site sell funerary items which include a special shroud, a prayer of forgiveness of sins and a hand cross.

I'd like to know more about the hand Cross - it is placed in the reposed member's hands, correct?

thank you!

Alex

Re: Orthodox funeral traditions [Re: Orthodox Catholic] #414482 01/12/16 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Orthodox Catholic
I've seen an Orthodox site sell funerary items which include a special shroud, a prayer of forgiveness of sins and a hand cross.

I'd like to know more about the hand Cross - it is placed in the reposed member's hands, correct?

thank you!

Alex


Yes Alex, often a hand cross or an icon are placed in the hands of the one fallen asleep, which is kissed by the mourners as they venerate the relics (body).

You do not mention the paper band with the Trisagion which is placed across the forehead of the one fallen asleep. This is also often kissed in venerating the relics.

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Re: Orthodox funeral traditions [Re: Fr David Straut] #414494 01/13/16 10:22 PM
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Bless me a sinner, Reverend Father!

Thank you! I prefer to pray privately with a similar Cross in hand, especially when praying on the Passion of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful way to excite devotion!

I once saw a photograph of a group of Orthodox catechumens under the tutelage of Bl. Seraphim Rose. In addition to wearing Orthodox Crosses on cords, they also held a hand Cross.

Orthodox monastics are given hand Crosses during tonsure. I've never heard of newly baptised Orthodox Christian adults receiving hand Crosses.

Is my observation here correct? If so, what would be the purpose of the hand Cross in that event?

Kissing your right hand, I again implore your blessing,

Alex

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I have noticed (at wakes) a hand cross or an icon in the hands of the departed.

Re: Orthodox funeral traditions [Re: Orthodox Catholic] #414507 01/15/16 01:03 AM
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I was told by my old priest that the cross is one's "key" to heaven. It is not a memento to take home like funeral home chingilingi.

Re: Orthodox funeral traditions [Re: Mark R] #414628 01/21/16 11:15 PM
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Yes indeed sir!

In my community, it is traditional to place rosary beads in the hands of the reposed.

My point is that whatever is placed there should hopefully have been well-used by the deceased during his or her lifetime!

Alex


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