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,