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And as also was pointed out there are other variations within the Latin Church, In the Latin Churches I frequent in particular Latino/Hispanic parishioners, and others, use the hand shape where the thumb crosses over the index finger forming a cross and they kiss that "cross" at the end of making the Sign of the Cross on their bodies.
This is exactly how my mother taught me when I was little. I remember how she would arrange my fingers so the cross was formed and then she taught me to kiss it at the end of the prayer. She told me she was told, that in Mexico when the Faith was outlawed, they couldn't have religious things like crucifixes up for fear of the government, so that became the cross we kissed.
I can’t imagine living like that. When my grandmother was baptized, they had to smuggle a priest in to do it, and it was all very secretive with doors locked and lookouts posted.
Here’s the version I learned in Spanish:
- Por la señal de la Santa Cruz,
- de nuestro enemigos,
- líbranos, Señor Dios nuestro,
- en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amen.
A few months ago, I found where it was said in the Mass, for September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross:
Per signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster.
By the sign of the Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O Thou our God.
Jesus, God and man,
imprisoned by love in Thy most holy Sacrament,
have mercy upon us.
-- Blessed John Henry Newman, December 22, 1851
Tú y yo sabemos por la fe que oculto en las especies sacramentales está Cristo,
ese Cristo con su Cuerpo, con su Sangre, con su Alma, y con su Divinidad,
prisonero de amor.
-- San Josemaria Escriva, 1 junio 1974