I am a devout Roman Catholic that has a very high respect for the Eastern Church and used to go to the Catholic Mass on Saturday Evenings at home in London and then went to the Divine Liturgy with a Greek Orthodox friend on Sundays, I have a profund interest in Orthodoxy- but as a faithful Catholic.
I wear a Greek Orthodox Cross, which would be worn by Eastern Catholics as well as Orthodox. The Catholic Church encourages us to wear “Sacramentals” but there is not the same emphasis on wearing a Cross all the time, like in the Orthodox Church- it’s optional but I know a case example in Russia an Orthodox person from abroad went to receive Holy Communion and was asked by the Priest where their Cross was. I know that the Orthodox are rightly taught to wear the Cross from Baptism until death and never to remove it.
My question is, when it is stated by the Orthodox Church that the Cross must be worn at all times and never to be removed- what is the position on wearing the Cross during sexual relations for example? Would a Married Orthodox couple continue to wear their Crosses during sexual intercourse, I know they are married and given God’s blessing but what would the official line be. I have a great respect for the Orthodox custom of wearing the Cross at all times but I have wondered about this, also many Orthodox men or women who have “sex” outside of marriage or commit inpure actions would the “wear the Cross at all times” even though these things are sinful be correct? Would the Church not expect them to be removed? There is no official teaching in the Roman Church on this and I suppose most people would remove the Cross out of respect for it being Holy if they knew they were going to commit something inpure or unholy- how does this work in Orthodoxy?
Forgive me if my question seems strange, it is just a question I ask out of curiosity and a desire for knowledge about the Eastern Church. Of course Catholics can answer but I was looking to hear from members of the Orthodox Church and their take and teachings on this.
Regards and blessings in Christ