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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sign of the Cross
Hardly less early in date is the custom of marking a cross on objects -- already Tertullian speaks of the Christian woman "signing" her bed (cum lectulum tuum signas, "Ad uxor.", ii, 5) before retiring to rest-and we soon hear also of the sign of the cross being traced on the lips (Jerome, "Epitaph.
On the whole it seems probable that the ultimate prevalence of the larger cross is due to an instruction of Leo IV in the middle of the ninth century.
Hence the signs of the cross continue till the end of the Canon and they may be regarded as mentally referred back to a consecration which is still conceived of as incomplete.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/13785a.htm   (2009 words)

  
 The Sign of the Cross
The sign of the cross is a beautiful gesture which reminds the faithful of the cross of salvation while invoking the Holy Trinity.
Technically, the sign of the cross is a sacramental, a sacred sign instituted by the Church which prepares a person to receive grace and which sanctifies a moment or circumstance.
Gradually, the sign of the cross was incorporated in different acts of the Mass, such as the three-fold signing of the forehead, lips, and heart at the reading of the gospel or the blessing and signing of the bread and wine to be offered occurs about the ninth century.
www.catholiceducation.org /articles/religion/re0129.html   (600 words)

  
 Sign of the cross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As one moves through the Sign, one recites, at the forehead, "In the name of the Father"; at the stomach, "and of the Son"; and across the shoulders, "and of the Holy Spirit/Ghost, Amen." The Latin expression is "In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti (Amen)." There are variations that occur.
The enforcement of the three-finger sign was one of the reasons for the schism with the Old Believers whose congregations continue to use the two-finger sign of the cross.
Although the Sign of the Cross dates to early Christianity, it was generally rejected by the Reformers, and is mostly absent from Protestantism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sign_of_the_cross   (2332 words)

  
 Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The sign of the cross is: a confession of faith; a renewal of baptism; a mark of discipleship; an acceptance of suffering; a defense against the devil; and a victory over self-indulgence.
One of the main teachings of the early Church Fathers is that the sign of the cross is a declaration of defense against the devil.
The sign of the cross is the supreme sacramental.
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 LM
The sign of the cross may be traced with a hand, as when the sign of the cross is made over an object or when one signs the cross on oneself from forehead to lower chest and from shoulder to shoulder.
Signing of the forehead alone, or of the forehead, lips, and heart at the gospel in the eucharist, is customarily done with the thumb.
The sign of the cross is a customary gesture in a variety of liturgical contexts.
www.episcopalchurch.org /19625_15358_ENG_HTM.htm   (338 words)

  
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The sign of the cross is a Roman symbol of the devil.
The signing of the cross is not a Christian symbol or emblem.
The cross thus widely worshipped, or regarded as a sacred emblem, was the unequivocal symbol of Bacchus, the Babylonian Messiah, for he was represented with a head-band covered with crosses.
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 Sign of the Cross - OrthodoxWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The sign of the cross is most often made at the name of the Holy Trinity, to show reverence for a saint, holy object, or person, at the beginning or end of a prayer, to show humility or agreement, or on numerous other occasions which may vary slightly according to regional/ethnic practice or personal piety.
Another explanation of the enlarged scope of the sign of the cross is linked to the Monophysite heresy, condemned by the Council of Chalcedon, whose dogmas are not accepted by the Oriental Orthodox.
The Sign of the Cross has minor variants as well: it can be made in the air to bless objects, and it may trace a very small trajectory, such as on the forehead (as the earliest descriptions of the Sign suggest).
orthodoxwiki.org /Sign_of_the_cross   (1140 words)

  
 The Sign of the Cross
Amen." We sign the forehead to honor the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, because the forehead is the first and principal part of the human body.
In the early centuries the cross was made from the right to the left side to show that salvation passed from the Jews who were at the right side of the Lord, to the Gentiles who were at His left.
Later the sign was made from the left, the weak side, the side of sin, to the right, the side of salvation.
www.victorclaveau.com /Doc's/sign_of_the_cross.htm   (913 words)

  
 The Sign of the Cross
The cross itself, made with the hand, manifests our faith in the incarnation, death and resurrection of our Blessed Savior, and shows that we regard Him not only as God but as man - for that He might be able to die on the cross it was necessary that He should possess a human nature.
The triple sign of the cross was employed very commonly in the early centuries of the Church and in the Middle Ages.
More up to date is The Enchiridion of Indulgences of 1968 which states at grant 55: "A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly sign themselves with the sign of the cross, while saying the customary words: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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 The Sign of the Cross
It is the Sign of the faithful, and the dread of evils; for He has triumphed over them in it, having made a shew of them openly; for when they see the Cross, they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, Who hath bruised the heads of the dragon.
The Catholic Sign of the Cross is absolutely ancient, rooted not only in the Old Testament but the New (Apocalypse speaks of those who have the sign of God in their foreheads -- and those who have the sign of the Beast in their foreheads).
The sign on the forehead is to show that we believe the Gospel, the sign on the lips is to show that we respect the Gospel and desire to spread the Good News, and the sign on our breast is to show that we love the Gospel and want it kept in our hearts.
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 Sign of the Cross
The cross is looked upon as the grand charm, as the great refuge in every season of danger, in every hour of temptation as the infallible preservative from all the powers of darkness.
The cross is adored with all the homage due only to the Most High; and for any one to call it, in the hearing of a genuine Romanist, by the Scriptural term, "the accursed tree," is a mortal offence.
The same sign of the cross that Rome now worships was used in the Babylonian Mysteries, was applied by Paganism to the same magic purposes, was honoured with the same honours.
www.albatrus.org /english/religions/pagan/sign_of_the_cross.htm   (2019 words)

  
 The Sign of the Cross
The Egyptian tau and anhk, the Cross of Christ's Passion, the Rosy Cross of the medieval and Rennessance alchemists, to the post-Vatican Two cross of the Resurrected Savior, all are historical variations of the same symbol that has lead a large part of humanity on its path to God.
Jung suggests that the cross has its origins in humanities discovery of fire, and as such, is in reality a fire symbol derived from primitive man's rubbing of two sticks together in order to start a fire for warmth, protection, and the creation of tools.
By using the sign of the cross in a conscious manner, we can create within ourselves a condition that is supportive of mystical experiences and expanded awareness.
www.hermetic.com /stavish/essays/cross.html   (1982 words)

  
 Christian cross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cross was the first of the Instruments of the Passion that came to be venerated in the form of relics.
Connected with the cross is the medieval legend of the Tree of Jesse, from the wood of which the cross was said to have been fashioned.
Denotes a glorification of the cross, this form was inspired by the cult of the cross that arose after Saint Helena's discovery of the true cross in Jerusalem in 327.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_cross   (1962 words)

  
 Common Catholic Prayers: Sign of the Cross
The cross is the central symbol for Christians, not only as the instrument of the world's salvation by the crucified Christ, but also as the constant witness to the fact -- that men cannot be Christians unless they live with the cross as the very content of their lives in this world.
With the Sign of the Cross we recall in particular the blessing of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Sign of the Cross is a reminder of his love, a love found not only in the past, but here and now, as we make this sign upon ourselves; for the love of Jesus Christ abides forever.
www.ou.edu /oucatholics/signofthecross.html   (539 words)

  
 Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross symbolized a compendium of the life of Christ and the touching of one's stomach when one said "And the Son" symbolizes the Incarnation of Christ in the womb of His Mother.
The reason for this was that the laity began imitating their priests who, when they blessed their congregations, moved their hands from left to right (they were facing the congregation and so moved their hands in unison with their flock who were going from right to left).
The RC practice of crossing with the whole hand also derived from an imitation of their priests who blessed with their whole hand rather than with the Christogram (shaping the fingers to represent the letters of Christ's Name, IC XC).
www.unicorne.org /orthodoxy/2005/signofthecross.htm   (365 words)

  
 The Sign of the Cross
he sign of the cross is a beautiful gesture which reminds the faithful of both the cross of salvation while invoking the Holy Trinity.
Gradually, the sign of the cross was incorporated in different acts of the Mass, such as the three-fold signing of the forehead, lips, and heart at the reading of the gospel or the blessing and signing of the bread and wine to be offered.
For good reason, a partial indulgence is granted to a person who devoutly signs himself with the sign of the cross, saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Enchirdion of Indulgences, No. 55).
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 Sign of Cross
The sign of the cross was also a reminder of the criteria Jesus gave for discipleship: “If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps” (Mark 8:34).
Also symbolized in the sign of the cross is the basic Christian doctrine of the Trinity, which is formulated against the backdrop of a body action, itself symbolic of the doctrine of the redemption (see Col. 1:20; 2:14; Rom.
The three small thumb crosses, on the forehead, lips, and heart, made by the priest and the congregation at the gospel proclamation in the mass depict a triple consecration: of the mind to understand the gospel message, of the lips to speak of it openly by evangelization, and of the heart to love and cherish
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 The Two Babylons - The Sign of the Cross - Alexander Hislop
"Yet the cross itself is the oldest of phallic emblems, and the lozenge-shaped windows of cathedrals are proof that the yonic symbols have survived the destructions of the pagan Mysteries.
It is composed of the Tau or T&endash;shaped cross surmounted by a small circle and is often seen in Egyptian statuary and in wall and tomb paintings where it is depicted as being held in the hand.
The cross itself is a primitive form of the phallus, and the loop that of the womb.
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 Signum Crucis - Sign of the Cross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Sign of the Cross is one of the oldest Christian prayers.
As we say the Sign of the Cross Prayer; "In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen" we praise, honor and glorify God Almighty.
With the larger Sign of the Cross instituted by Pope Leo IV, the finger arrangements were visible to all.
www.signumcrucis.net   (628 words)

  
 Using the Sign of the Cross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Making the sign of the Cross is a feature of worship throughout Christendom, although its form varies from East to West.
A small Cross is traced on the forehead, and then on the lips, before the hand is moved to the breast.
For example, we make the sign of the Cross when we say the words, "In the name of the Father...etc." In this case, the three points of the Cross may remind us of the Trinity.
www.stjamescolumbus.org /signofthecross.htm   (897 words)

  
 Jesus Creed » On the Sign of the Cross
The LCMS church I attended in grad school had numerous places where the sign of the cross was incorporated into their liturgy, and many in the congregation participated.
She patiently explained why she made the sign of the cross, what it meant, explained that it was not magic but that it helped her to remember.
The practice of “crossing” oneself on the body arose due to the fact that heretics in the Arian heresy were denying the Trinity.
www.jesuscreed.org /?p=624   (4384 words)

  
 Sign of the Cross
The first certain evidence we have of the use of this sign is from the ecclesiastical writer Tertullian (230 AD) who tells us that candidates for baptism are marked with a sign of the cross on their foreheads during the course of their catechumenate (formation).
So, as Jews wore their sign of belief in God, as the supporters of the Antichrist will wear his mark, it is fitting that the followers of Christ wear His mark, as the true remnant of the people of God.
As for the practice of making the Sign of the Cross when passing a Catholic Church, this is in lieu of a genuflection which one would make if one entered the church into the Real Presence.
www.ewtn.com /expert/answers/sign_of_the_cross.htm   (563 words)

  
 FRC LP NJ - The Jesus Prayer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
One of the weapons he used to battle the devil was the sign of the Cross (the movement of the hands from head to belly and from shoulder to shoulder over the heart).
The sign begins by placing the fingers on the center of the forehead and then saying, "In the name of the Father".
The sign continues by moving the fingers down to the center of the belly and continuing with the words, "and in the name of the Son"(thus moving over the heart).
www.frc-lpnj.org /prayer/cross.shtml   (810 words)

  
 The Sign of the Cross (This Rock: July 1990)
The cross of Christ is the crossroads of history and the central event of Scripture.
John Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople in the fourth century, recognized the biblical nature of the sign of the cross.
The Christian who rejects the sign of the cross is rebelling against his own roots and is guilty of what C. Lewis called "chronological snobbery" about the superiority of modern thinking.
www.catholic.com /thisrock/1990/9007cc.asp   (993 words)

  
 The Appearance of the Sign of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Near Athens in 1925
The form of the Cross itself was an especially dense light and it could be clearly seen as a Byzantine cross with an angular cross bar toward the bottom.
The fact that the form of the cross had been so sharply and clearly that of the Byzantine (sometimes called the Russian Cross) Cross, with three cross-bars, the bottom one at an angle, completely negated any arguments of accidental physical phenomenon.
The fact that such an apparition of the Cross had also occurred during the height of the first great heresy must strike the Orthodox with an especial sense of the magnitude of the importance of the calendar question and of all that is connected with it.
www.tserkovnost.org /articles/athens_cross.html   (1280 words)

  
 Making the Sign of the Cross
When we make the sign of the Cross upon ourselves, we are allowing the body to share in the homage and glorification which the whole man/woman is rendering to God, who is our creator.
The third finger or annular finger is bent inward toward the palm and the thumb is laid across it and the little finger is slightly inclined so that the last two fingers form the letters: X and C (the first and last letters of the word "Christ" as spelled in the ancient Greek).
They need to also make the Sign of the Cross when the Bishop or Priest imparts the blessing, as it symbolizes their acceptance of the "Consecration" of themselves to God.
www.evangelicalorthodoxcatholic.org /signcros.html   (1094 words)

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