Crossing yourself before prayer?


So I’ve heard that it is good to cross itself before and after praying but 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. How can we cross ourselves before we do something that is supposed to be non-stop? Thanks for the help.


Pray without ceasing doesn’t mean to literally be constantly saying prayers. It means to be constantly aware of the presence of God so that he is glorified in all we do. If there were some sort of contradiction, do you think the Church would have all her liturgical prayer begin and end with the sign of the Cross?



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Praying Constantly

You can pray while you work. Work doesn’t stop prayer and prayer doesn’t stop work. It requires only that small raising of the mind to him: I love you God, I trust you, I believe in you, I need you now. Small things like that. They are wonderful prayers.

  • St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Sign of the Cross

The most basic Christian gesture in prayer is and always will be the sign
of the cross. It is a way of confessing Christ crucified with one’s very
body … To seal oneself with the sign of the cross is a visible and
public Yes to him who suffered for us; to him who in the body has made
God’s love visible, even to the utmost; to the God who reigns not by
destruction but by the humility of suffering and love, which is stronger
than all the power of the world and wiser than all the calculating
intelligence of men. The sign of the cross is a confession of faith: I
believe in him who suffered for me and rose again; in him who has
transformed the sign of shame into a sign of hope and of the love
of God that is present with us. The confession of faith is a confession
of hope: I believe in him who in his weakness is the Almighty; in him
who can and will save me even in apparent absence and impotence. By
signing ourselves with the cross, we place ourselves under the
protection of the cross, hold it in front of us like a shield that will
guard us in all the distress of daily life and give us the courage to go
on. We accept it as a signpost that we follow … The cross shows us
the road of life — the imitation of Christ. . .Whenever we make the sign
of the cross, we accept our Baptism anew; Christ from the cross draws
us, so to speak, to himself. . .We make the sign of the cross on
ourselves and thus enter the power of the blessing of Jesus Christ. We
make the sign over people to whom we wish a blessing … Through the
cross, we can become sources of blessing for one another.

  • Pope Benedict XVI


I make the sign of the cross before and after my prayers, even very short ones. Maybe we orthodox people are a bit , well, crossing affine in our daily lifes :joy::roll_eyes:




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