The Sign of the Cross
The Easter story is a story of victory over death. As Christians, it is also our story, because without the resurrection, Christianity would not exist. The Truth of the resurrection is what matters, and that same Truth is a sign of our belief in the risen Lord. When we make the Sign of the Cross, we profess our Christian faith, and in a way, make a seal on our own hearts – that we believe in the promises of Christ…
Each time we make the Sign of the Cross – we pray…
I have to admit I never used to think about this simple gesture as a prayer – but it is a beautiful contemplative prayer and symbolism of our Christian faith.
[Since I am trying to keep these blog posts short, I am not going to delve into the history of the sign of the cross, though it makes for interesting reading. However, I do intend to add further reading notes at the bottom of each page, in the future; this way if you decide to spend a “little quiet retreat” researching a particular topic – it will be right here all in one place].
When we make the Sign of the Cross, we are spreading the Good News of Christ’s resurrection. We are acknowledging, in our hearts, the mystery of the most Holy Trinity and also profess this same Truth to others. The Sign of the Cross, then, is both an act of faith and, I believe, a seal on our own hearts. It is a sign of our belief in the risen Lord, our hope beyond the cross, and in the coming of the kingdom…
If you are in the hospital, or are sick right now – make the Sign of the Cross or whisper the words in your heart – contemplate the mystery of the Trinity and may the promises of the risen Christ bring you peace.
“…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” Matthew 28:20.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.