How to Make the Sign of the Cross


What do you do when you hear "the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen," "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal," or "Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord of Sabaoth"? What do you do when you just want to venerate, love, and rejoice in the Lord, for His great mercies, and with His saints? Instead of raising your hand high and shouting "Amen!", make the sign of the cross at any other time of worship, communion, and joy.

Part 1
Choose a Gesture

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Always use you right hand to make the Cross. Even if it is not your dominant hand.

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The Western rite includes the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and other high or liturgical Protestant rites.

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The Eastern rite includes the Greek, Antiochian, Assyrian (Arabic), and Slavic rites.

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The Oriental rite includes the Armenian, Coptic, and Ethiopian rites.

Part 2
Finger positions

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Extend the right hand.

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Join the thumb, the index, and the middle fingers together Fold back the right and little fingers together against the palm.

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Use this gesture to make the sign of the cross. Hold the index finger vertically. Bend the middle finger and the thumb to make a C. Bend the right finger to make an X with the thumb. Bend the little finger to make another C in the back with the thumb.[1]

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Use the two joined fingers to make the sign of the cross. Join the index and middle fingers together and hold them straight. Join the thumb, the right, and the little fingers together underneath.

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Use this gesture to make the sign of the cross. Hold the index finger straight to make an I. Bend the middle finger to make an X with the thumb and a C by itself. Fold back the right and little fingers together against the palm.

Part 3
Choose a Movement

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Part 4
Make the Sign of the Cross

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Extend the left hand under the chest before the sign of the cross, if necessary. Make the sign of the cross at the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, the saint, or simply to honor and rejoice in the Lord. Join the hands after the sign of the cross, at "Amen" or if necessary.

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Make the sign of the cross at the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, the saint, or simply to honor and rejoice in the Lord. Bow while touching or approaching the ground with the same fingers or gesture, if necessary. Do not kneel as in the Eastern rite, or kneel with one knee as in the Western rite. Prostrate after the sign of the cross, if necessary.

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Make the sign of the cross each time.

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Make the sign of the cross and bow twice. Kiss the icon or relic. Make the sign of the cross and bow again.

Part 5
Understand the Sign of the Cross

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The five fingers symbolize the five wounds of Christ, through which we find and have unity with the Trinity.

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The three joined fingers symbolize the end of revelation and salvation, the Trinity; and the two joined fingers symbolize the means of revelation and salvation, the two natures of Christ. Because the three joined fingers have more emphasis than the two folded back, this gesture may be said to highlight the end of revelation and salvation, unity with the Trinity.

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The name ICXC is formed with the right hand. Because the name refers to the fully divine and fully human Jesus Christ, which means "the Lord saveth and the Spirit anointeth," this gesture may be said to highlight the means of revelation and salvation, the two natures of Christ, after and through which we find the insinuated and also present Trinity.

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The two joined fingers symbolize the means of revelation and salvation, the two natures of Christ; and the three joined fingers symbolize the end of revelation and salvation, the Trinity. Because the two joined fingers have more emphasis than the three underneath, this gesture may be said to highlight the means of revelation and salvation, the two natures of Christ, after and through which we find the Trinity.

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The name IXC is formed with the right hand. Because the name refers to the fully divine and fully human Jesus Christ Savior, which means "the saving Lord, the anointing Spirit, and the Savior," this gesture may be said to highlight the means of revelation and salvation, the two natures of Christ, after and through which we find the insinuated and also present Trinity.

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The movement from up to down and from right to left symbolizes Christ coming from heaven to earth and from the Jews to the Gentiles.

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The movement from left to right symbolizes us proceeding from misery to happiness. This movement resulted from the priest making the sign of the cross in the same direction as the people and the people imitating the priest.[2]