sign of the cross


The Sign of the Cross or Signum crucis in Latin is a ritual han motion made by members of many but not all branches of Christianity. It may be accompanied by the trinitarian formula. For Christians the motion symbolizes the Cross on Calvary by tracing the shape of the cross in the air or on one's own body. There are two principal forms, one followed by Eastern Orthodox Churches, and the other by the Western Churches (Anglicanism, Lutheranism, and Roman Catholicism) and Oriental Orthodoxy. The sign is rarely used by non-liturgical or evangelical Protestants.

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