The sign of the cross is one of the earliest Christian traditions. We find very specific guidelines for its use dating back to the 2nd century (Hippolytus of Rome “Apostolic Tradition”), but it was obviously used before the guidelines were set down. Over time the various Churches and Rites have developed slightly different forms of making the sign of the cross.
Here are some guidelines given by our Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church (Ordo Celebrationis):
-There are 3 forms of the sign of the cross made during various rituals in the life of the faithful.
Our sign of the cross is made by touching the tips of the thumb, index and middle finger of your right hand (symbolizing the Holy Trinity) and tucking the ring and pinky finger into your palm (symbolizing Jesus’ two natures, Divine and human) then slowly and reverently touching your forehead while referencing the Father, your chest while reverencing the Son and then your right shoulder then left shoulder respectively while referencing the Holy Spirit.
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