Monday, February 27, 2006

 

In nomine Patris; et Filii; et Spiritus Sancti; Amen.

The sign of the cross is an ancient Christian prayer that was already commonly used in the 2nd century. It's practice is prescribed for Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Anglicans, and Lutherans. It's use has fallen among many, especially the protestants who tend to associate it with the Catholic Church. The Baptists wrongly consider this venerable prayer to be superstitious.

When in common prayer with non-Catholics, should we avoid the Sign of the Cross to avoid offending our separated brethren?

I don't think so, there's no reason to believe they would be offended by it, nor would we expect them to do it simply to avoid offending us. It seems to me to be a denial by virtue of "lex orandi, lex credendi" of the Blessed Trinity, and the importance of the physical nature of man.

The Catholic Encyclopedia has a great article on The Sign of The Cross.

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Thank goodness prelates don't forget to make the sign of the cross! (ha-ha)
 
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