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PECTORAL CROSSES


 

A pectoral cross (from the Latin pectoralis, of the chest) is a cross, usually large, suspended from the neck by a cord or chain. Most pectoral crosses are made of precious metals (platinum, gold or silver) and some contain precious or semi-precious gems. Historically, many pectoral crosses were (and often still are) reliquaries with alleged fragments of the True Cross.

In Orthodox practice, the pectoral cross is worn by all bishops, but not necessarily by all priests. In the Greek tradition, the pectoral cross is given for faithful service; in the Russian tradition, the silver cross is automatically awarded to all priests at their ordination. Further pectoral crosses, in gold or "with decorations" that is, jeweled  may also be awarded to higher ranked priests.

The highest award that can be given to a priest is a second pectoral cross (i.e., the priest may wear two pectoral crosses). A priest who has been given the pectoral cross will typically wear it at all times, whether vested or not. All bishops are entitled to wear the pectoral cross with decorations, although most simply wear a Panagia when not vested for services.


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Pectoral cross of Father Gerasimos (Krstic), Archimandrite of Zica Monastery.

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Bishop John (Mladenovic), Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Sumadia.

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Pectoral cross of Mother Superior Helena (Lazovic), Abbess of Zica Monastery

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Bishop John (Mladenovic), Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Sumadia.

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Bishop John (Mladenovic), Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Sumadia.

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Bishop Antonios (Pantelic), Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Moravica.

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Pectoral cross of Mr. Svetozar Pajic Dijak, Novi Sad

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Pectoral cross of Protopresbyter-staurophor Dr. Zoran Krstic, Dean of the Orthodox Seminary in Kragujevac

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Atanasios (Jevtic), retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Hertzegovina

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Pectoral Cross of His Grace Theodosios (Sibalic), Bishop of Lipljan - 9th International Biennial of Miniature Art in Gornji Milanovac

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Ephraim (Milutinovic), Bishop of Banjaluka

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Hrisostomos (Stolic), Bishop of Zica

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Artemios (Radosavljevic), Bishop of Ras - Prizren and Kosovo-Metohia

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Basileus (Kacavenda), Bishop of Zvornik and Tuzla

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Pectoral cross of Archimandrite Alexis (Bogicevic), Abbot of St. Luke Monastery in Bosnjane

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Pectoral cross of Protopresbyter-staurophor  Miroljub Marinkovic, Kraljevo

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Artemios (Radosavljevic), Bishop of Ras - Prizren and Kosovo-Metohia

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Pectoral cross of Archimandrite Simeon (Biberdzic), Abbot of Dobricevo Monastery, Bileca Republika Srpska

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Pectoral cross of Protopresbyter-staurophor Milos Vasiljevic, Kraljevo

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Gregorios (Duric) Bishop of Zahumlje and Hertzegovina

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Pectoral cross of Protopresbyter-staurophor Marius Florescu, Metropolis of Banat - Romanian Orthodox Church

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Pectoral cross of Father Seraphim, Archimandrite of Valaam Monastery

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Basileus (Kacavenda), Bishop of Zvornik and Tuzla

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Pectoral cross of His Grace Irineos (Dobrijevic), Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

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