For the past weeks, I’ve been starting to truly appreciate the Holy Cross and really thanking Jesus for his sacrifice. So I was wondering, how were you guys taught to do the sign of the cross? Any special way? I usually do the usual forehead-chest-left shoulder-right shoulder and then I make a mini-cross with my right hand’s thumb and pointer finger and kiss my thumb. It’s supposed to symbolize kissing the cross. I also do the mini-crosses on your forehead, lips, and heart during the Gospel reading during Mass.
The sign of the cross is so awesome because it teaches you three things (and many more possibly):
- It reminds you of your baptism.
2.) It reminds you who you belong to (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.)
3.) And it’s like the condensed story of Jesus’ life: The motion when making the sign of the cross that goes from forehead to chest depicts the Incarnation, how Jesus descended from heaven. The motion to your left shoulder reminds one of the Passion, how Jesus died and descended into hell. The motion to your right shoulder depicts the Ascension, how Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
I also just remember how I’ve developed a habit of saying: “By the sign of the cross, deliver us from our enemies, O Lord” after I make the sign of the cross. I think I read somewhere that St. Benedict preferred saying that short prayer after crossing himself.