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making the sign of the cross -- the right way

Hi peeps, what is really the correct way of making the sign of the cross?

I found this article thru google: "So how should we make the sign of the Cross correctly?

We are to put together the first three fingers of the right hand, which symbolizes the Unity of the Holy Inseparable Trinity. The other two fingers should be bent towards the palm signifying the descent of the Son of God to earth from Heaven (two fingers being the image of two natures of Christ). The fingers put together first touch the forehead — to sanctify the mind, then — the belly near the solar plexus — for sanctification of feelings, then to the right and finally to the left shoulder — to sanctify one’s bodily strength. We bow only after the hand is dropped along the body. Why? Because we have just shown the Calvary Cross on ourselves and we bow to it. Incidentally, there is one more widespread mistake: a bow performed simultaneously with the sign of the Cross. We should not do that (break the Cross). www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/beginning/cross.shtml

then anothe site: Since we make the Sign of the Cross before and after our prayers, many Catholics don't realize that the Sign of the Cross is a prayer itself. It should be said with reverence; we shouldn't rush through it on the way to the next prayer.

Using your right hand, you should touch your forehead at the mention of the Father; the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son; and the left shoulder on the word "Holy" and the right shoulder on the word "Spirit."

The Sign of the Cross

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." catholicism.about.com/od/prayers/qt/Sign_of_Cross.htm

whic one is correct? "right shoulder to left" or "left to right" na confuse lang kasi ako :confused::depressed:... thanks a lot :)

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  • SamLowrySamLowry James Randian PExer
    Interesting thread, On a related note: When we knock on wood, is it ok to knock twice... or 4 x? Or does it have to be 3? How about the intervals between knocks? I heard that A short pause on the second knock is more effective than a continuous succession of knocks.

    Another issue is all the faux wood laminate thingie that's the current standard for making cabinets and tables. Would it be as effective? How much minimum wood content should there be to still get the desired effect from wood knocking?

    "The rain looks like it's holding off, touch wood"

    "Knock on wood, I'm much better now."

    Thanks!
  • cedric_errolcedric_errol PeX Certified Winter Knight PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    There's an older sign of the cross than this, with two fingers touching instead of three.

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13785a.htm

    http://orthodoxwiki.org/Sign_of_the_Cross
  • MilliardoMilliardo Team Valor PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Hi peeps, what is really the correct way of making the sign of the cross?

    I found this article thru google: "So how should we make the sign of the Cross correctly?

    We are to put together the first three fingers of the right hand, which symbolizes the Unity of the Holy Inseparable Trinity. The other two fingers should be bent towards the palm signifying the descent of the Son of God to earth from Heaven (two fingers being the image of two natures of Christ). The fingers put together first touch the forehead — to sanctify the mind, then — the belly near the solar plexus — for sanctification of feelings, then to the right and finally to the left shoulder — to sanctify one’s bodily strength. We bow only after the hand is dropped along the body. Why? Because we have just shown the Calvary Cross on ourselves and we bow to it. Incidentally, there is one more widespread mistake: a bow performed simultaneously with the sign of the Cross. We should not do that (break the Cross). www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/beginning/cross.shtml

    then anothe site: Since we make the Sign of the Cross before and after our prayers, many Catholics don't realize that the Sign of the Cross is a prayer itself. It should be said with reverence; we shouldn't rush through it on the way to the next prayer.

    Using your right hand, you should touch your forehead at the mention of the Father; the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son; and the left shoulder on the word "Holy" and the right shoulder on the word "Spirit."

    The Sign of the Cross

    "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." catholicism.about.com/od/prayers/qt/Sign_of_Cross.htm

    whic one is correct? "right shoulder to left" or "left to right" na confuse lang kasi ako :confused::depressed:... thanks a lot :)

    Right over left is the way done by the Orthodox; left over right is done by Catholics. It should be noted though that the ancient way has been right over left; for some reason after the Schism, the Western Church adopted left over right.
  • MilliardoMilliardo Team Valor PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    There's an older sign of the cross than this, with two fingers touching instead of three.

    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13785a.htm

    http://orthodoxwiki.org/Sign_of_the_Cross

    The oldest one actually only uses one finger; Oriental Orthodox cross themselves this way.
  • sophionsophion Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Biblically speaking, the correct way is not to do it at all. Jesus & his apostles did not teach it, and Jesus was against showing you pray in public. Making a sign of the cross in public tells everyone that you are praying.
  • MilliardoMilliardo Team Valor PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    sophion wrote: »
    Biblically speaking, the correct way is not to do it at all. Jesus & his apostles did not teach it, and Jesus was against showing you pray in public. Making a sign of the cross in public tells everyone that you are praying.

    The point of Jesus about prayer is not to be a hypocrite about it; the Pharisees made a big display of praying in public to show their supposed piety. Jesus' point is if one would pray, one should pray with a sincere heart (hence to pray in secret--i.e. to pray in one's heart). If one would go to your conclusion, then logically we should say we shouldn't go to church either, since then we'd be praying in public as well, but we don't see Jesus forbidding people to go to the Temple, did He now?
  • sophionsophion Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ^ Thats a good explanation, Milliardo. :)

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