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Old Sep 26, '12, 12:59 am
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Default When did the sign of the cross first start being used?

Hello everyone. I was wondering about the sign of the cross. When did it first start being used? I am assuming it is very ancient.

I am wondering about this because most Protestants pray in Jesus' name only but Catholics often begin and end prays "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." I want to know how to defend the sign of the cross from any Protestants, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists etc who might say that we are doing it wrong.

Also, from what I understand, it is perfectly okay to end prayers "In Jesus' name. Amen." or to end them "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." but I could potentially see a Protestant, Evangelical, or Fundamentalist objecting to the latter. How does one defend the latter way?
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Default Re: When did the sign of the cross first start being used?

Good article from the Catholic Encyclopedia at:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13785a.htm
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Default Re: When did the sign of the cross first start being used?

Interesting article - thanks for posting it. One can imagine, also, that in times of persecution the sign of the cross was employed as a means for christians to identify each other. Since, obviously, it wasn't as well known as it is now, it would have appeared, to most people, as an irrelevant gesture, but from one christian to another it would've signalled safety!
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