The Sign of the Cross – renewing another ancient practice

March 7, 2007 — 3 Comments

“In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupies us, we mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross…”  (Tertullian)  The sign of the cross is another of those ancient spiritual practices that many (myself included) have picked up like the proverbial baby that was thrown out with the bathwater.  To read more of the history and meaning, check out this web article from Christianity Today by Nathan Biersma.

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3 responses to The Sign of the Cross – renewing another ancient practice

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    I imagine that this item may cause a stir among some of us who think that making the sign of the cross is “too Catholic”, or “too Roman” as others might say. But I have to say that I believe there is great power in this simple silent prayer.

    Having been raised in the Roman Catholic faith, I learned to perform the sign of the cross at regular “prescribed” times. As an adolescent, I drifted away form that faith and abandoned the sign of the cross because I saw it as a meaningless, mechanical gesture. In recent years however, I’ve “rediscovered” that simple gesture and it has become an increasingly important part of my life. I catch myself doing it far more often – almost instinctively at times – as a form of physical prayer without words. Glad to see Lyle’s thoughts on this powerful little prayer in motion!

  2. 

    I’m glad someone is doing some thinking. The symbols of Christian faith came down through the ages for a reason. What a great “discovery” for Protestants to reestablish their ties to the historic traditions. Good work!

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