sign of the cross


sign of the cross
   This term refers to the cross, the instrument of Jesus' execution, which has become a symbol ofChristianity. The sign of the cross is used in many liturgical blessings; moreover, individuals often sign themselves while saying: "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." In some cultures, it is customary for parents and grandparents to make the sign of the cross on the forehead of youngsters. (See CCC 2166)

Glossary of theological terms. . 2014.

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  • Sign of the Cross — • A term applied to various manual acts, liturgical or devotional in character, which have this at least in common: that by the gesture of tracing two lines intersecting at right angles they indicate symbolically the figure of Christ s cross… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • sign of the cross — sign′ of the cross′ n. rel a ceremonial movement of the hand to indicate the Christian cross • Etymology: 1250–1300 …   From formal English to slang

  • sign of the cross — n. an outline of a CROSS (sense 5a) made symbolically by a movement of the hand or fingers …   English World dictionary

  • Sign of the Cross — For other uses, see Sign of the Cross (disambiguation). The Sign of the Cross (Latin: Signum Crucis), or crossing oneself, is a ritual hand motion made by members of many branches of Christianity, often accompanied by spoken or mental recitation… …   Wikipedia

  • sign of the cross — noun a gesture with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑gesture, ↑motion * * * : a gesture of the hand forming a cross; especially : such a motion from one s forehead to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sign of the cross — noun the movement of the right hand from the forehead to the breast and then from one shoulder to the other so as to trace out the form of a cross; made with religious purpose by Christians …   Australian English dictionary

  • sign of the cross — noun A gesture of the hand moving over the front of ones body in the shape of a cross made as part of ritual or to invoke divine protection …   Wiktionary

  • sign of the cross — a movement of the hand to indicate a cross, as from forehead to breast and left shoulder to right or, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, from right shoulder to left. [1250 1300; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • sign of the cross — Date: 14th century a gesture of the hand forming a cross especially on forehead, breast, and shoulders to profess Christian faith or invoke divine protection or blessing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Sign of the Cross —    See Cross …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia


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