Dear Forum members, I was on a live-in vocation for 2 weeks at the local cistercian community in the summer of July 2008. in the morning we had mass at 8pm.
anyway Fr.Bernard before the Gospel was read, instead of doing the three crosses, one over the forehead, lips and heart, he did it just as we would all normally make the sign of the cross before mass or devotional prayer such as the rosary.
he was not the one reading the gospel or saying mass, just standing beside me.
He said to me that, this was the way they used to make the sign of the cross in the bridal days of the church when the gospel was read out at mass and that it was a monastic tradition. does this mean as a Catholic lay person I may also do the same at my local parish when the gospel is being read?
and finally, I like to make the sign of the cross as the Orthodox do, with the three fingers together to honour the trinity and the two fingers across the palm of my hand, although I do not cross myself from right to left, but from left to right. is it ok for me to do this?
No priest has ever stopped me from doing it so so far so…