Cross feature with ornate, intricate designs, 23.3 cm long made from relatively heavy metal. A blessing cross is a hand cross held by a priest or bishop in the Eastern Orthodox Church when he gives a benediction. It is often made of precious metal, though in Ethiopia, blessing crosses are often made out of brass.
When the blessing cross is used in the blessing of holy water, the priest will dip the cross in the water and make the Sign of the Cross with it three times. In the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the blessing cross tends to not have an icon on it, and the clergy will often carry it for a majority of the service. In some traditions, the priest will have the blessing cross with him all the time, even when he is outside the church.