When making the sign of the cross in the eastern way, should we bring the fingers down to the belly or is it okay to stop at the chest?
It doesn’t make a difference. Most people that I’ve seen stop at their chest. Ultimately, what matters is the devotion behind the prayer and the gesture, not the exactness of the gesture itself.
I would say belly for both Eastern and Western traditions. In the end the act isn’t any less meaningful if you stop at your chest, but it’s not really a cross shape unless you go further down.
“Sign of the Upside-Down T” doesn’t sound as good
When I was in Egypt, I had a Christian there tell me that they did the sign of the cross by touching their head, then one wrist and then the other wrist. That way it wasn’t so noticeable.
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