Sign of the Cross


#1

So this has probably been discuss, but whats the proper way of Crossing oneself? I always have gone from forehead, chest, right shoulder then left shoulder. But I’ve heard that it should be forehead, chest, left shoulder, then right shoulder.


#2

I believe that in the Orthodox and possibly Eastern Rite Catholic churches the sign is made right to left. Left to Right is used in the U.S. Catholic Church. I cannot answer the question as to what is allowed or proper. How is it done at your parish?


#3

I’m sorry to inform you, but unless you stop this incorrect method of crossing yourself, you are putting your eternal soul in very great peril! :eek:

Just kidding. :wink: The previous poster is correct. The Orthodox cross themselves right to left, but the Latin rite Catholics go left to right. I’m not sure about the Eastern rite Catholics.

I don’t think one way is the “right” way. You might check the old 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia: Sign of the Cross. I bet there’s a lot of useful background info that might explain things.


#4

Eastern rite goes right to left.


#5

I don’t know why I’ve always gone right to left. It’s going to take some time for me to adjust to it lol :).


#6

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