Is the sign of the cross improper after receiving communion?


The RCIA director at our parish said it was liturgically improper to bless yourself with the sign of the cross after receiving holy communion.

The GIRM indicates that the recipient is to say “Amen” but is silent the sign of the cross.

Can you point me to a church document defining the appropriateness of this gesture?


Dear E,

The burden of proof lies with your RCIA director. Ask him or her to show you a Church document that states that the sign of the cross is improper after receiving the Eucharist. Such a document does not exist. The sign of the cross is always appropriate–like breathing in and out!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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