Father Luke is currently serving on the Youth and Young Adults Committees of the Archdiocesan Council and the Direct Archdiocesan District Council as an adviser on Young Adult ministries. He also is currently assisting with Young Adult Ministries such as Orthodoxy on Tap and various Young Adult retreats for the New York Area.
Christ is Risen!
I missed you all! After a small Paschal recess, I have returned to try and answer your questions. The next question I will try and answer is from Stephanie.
I am not sure if you have seen jewelry with crosses on them like a necklace/bracelet but the cross is positioned sideways. They seem to be very popular. Would you think that is okay to wear or is it not appropriate as the cross should be standing straight up and down. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it and wanted to get your opinion.
Thank you so much.
Stephanie, thank you for your question. I have indeed seen “sideway cross” jewelry, and I certainly have mixed feelings about it. Part of me is happy that the Cross of Christ is being worn by so many who may not have considered wearing a Cross before. The other part of me asks, why does the Cross being worn sideways make it more popular? I did a quick search and found that some people are comfortable wearing the Cross sideways, justifying the position by saying that this is the way the Cross was carried. This is a very interesting approach. After all, Christ Himself says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”
However, much of this feels like us bowing to a trend or what is considered fashionable. Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Turning the Cross on its side doesn’t feel like the world being crucified unto us and us unto the world. It feels too much like we are adjusting ourselves and our beliefs to be in style.
As we greet each other during the joyous days after the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, our mind should also return to the Cross of Christ. Without the mocking, spitting, beating, and, of course, the Crucifixion of Christ, we cannot celebrate the third-day Resurrection of our Lord.
Consider the following hymn from the Vespers of the Holy Cross:
Hail, life-giving Cross! Unconquerable trophy of the true faith, door to Paradise, succor of the faithful, rampart set about the Church. Through you the curse was utterly destroyed, the power of death swallowed up, and we are raised from earth to heaven: invincible weapon, adversary of demons, glory of martyrs, true ornament of holy monks, haven of salvation bestowing on the world great mercy.
If given the choice, and we always have a choice, let us honor the Life-Giving Holy Cross of our Lord the proper way.
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