At 03:09 PM 4/1/03 -0800, you wrote:
>In Tipykhon and many other manuals in a chapter about censoring it said
>that deacon or priest is censoring "krestoobrazno" (making sign of the
>cross). In practice I never saw anything of a sort, only movements of the
>censor back and forth. I guess it wouldn't be hard to do using hand held
>censor, as was an orthodox practice before those censors on chains (latin
>type) were introduced to the Eastern Church. Fathers anybody can elaborate
>on that matter?
First of all, the English word for "kazhdenie" is "censing," not
"censoring," which means controlling the content of someone's writing or
speech, something that sometimes I wish were done on these lists to keep
some of the nonsense spouted on them off.
"Censer" -- "kadilo"; "censor" -- "tsenzor."
As to the question itself, many priests and deacons quite consciously cense
"krestoobrazno" ("in the form of a cross"). They will cense twice in a
forward and backward motion, and the third time will cense "across"--i.e.
from left to right, thus making a cross while censing.
The old ritualists are quite adamant about preserving this form of censing,
but it is certainly a practice employed by many in the Russian Church,
both at home and abroad.
I try to do it as much as I can, and teach deacons to do this as well.
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff