crucifix



pectoral cross advised to wear every baptized.The cross is the way to deal with evil, and the protection of Charm, which has the ability to heal, however, is the interpretation of symbols conditional, because the primary is considered not as a talisman (which, incidentally, is not peculiar to Orthodoxy).A cross for the Christian - is the memory of the Savior and his agony.Representations of the amulets - it vestiges of paganism, which is akin to idolopoklonnechestvu.

way, you rarely see the Old Believers with pectoral cross, and especially do not meet the Old Beli
ever icons on the neck, but the thing is that they are according to the canons of the old worldview believe that such signs are not more than a violation of what has been said: "Do not doimages ... do not worship or serve them. "The church still ambiguously refers to the icons, the supporters of "pure religion", including Catholics, quite logically argue that any kind of icons, images, even power, which become the object of worship, this is not for the sake of God's Word.However, there is an understanding of religion as a mass phenomenon, where possible retreat, some concessions to tradition (for example, recognizes the Church celebration of purely pagan Shrovetide) and so forth.

basis of religion "mass", a cross is designed for continuous wear, while the iconIt can and must be removed in order to appeal to the Holy, holy prayer, the image on it.

Icons



way, wearing underwear icons, the Orthodox canons, is not welcome at all.The icons are designed to penetrate conversations with God and the saints, bring them to appropriate, and therefore the placing on the chain - is a kind of indulgence, because pocket scapular thrill may be lost.

Just one of the reasons for the prohibition of simultaneous carrying crosses and icons is the fact that the icon can close a cross, and it is absolutely not acceptable in the Orthodox tradition.Often you can hear statements that the Church believes that the simultaneous wearing of these characters is considered as contempt of the Christian faith.

In addition, the Orthodox tradition professes the principle of moderation.Accordingly, the true believer must know when to stop around, including the rules of wearing the holy sign of faith.The Orthodox Church does not welcome those believers who hung with a variety of sacred symbols.This manner will demonstrate a commitment to all kinds of excess and ostentatious lifestyle, not the true faith and worship of God.Much nicer and more modest one will look pectoral cross, rather than a string of other creeds.