sign of the cross

sign of the cross
Date: 14th century a gesture of the hand forming a cross especially on forehead, breast, and shoulders to profess Christian faith or invoke divine protection or blessing

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  • Sign of the Cross — • A term applied to various manual acts, liturgical or devotional in character, which have this at least in common: that by the gesture of tracing two lines intersecting at right angles they indicate symbolically the figure of Christ s cross… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Sign of the Cross — For other uses, see Sign of the Cross (disambiguation). The Sign of the Cross (Latin: Signum Crucis), or crossing oneself, is a ritual hand motion made by members of many branches of Christianity, often accompanied by spoken or mental recitation… …   Wikipedia

  • sign of the cross — noun A gesture of the hand moving over the front of ones body in the shape of a cross made as part of ritual or to invoke divine protection …   Wiktionary

  • sign of the cross — a movement of the hand to indicate a cross, as from forehead to breast and left shoulder to right or, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, from right shoulder to left. [1250 1300; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Sign of the Cross (disambiguation) — Sign of the Cross may refer to:* Sign of the Cross, the ritual hand motion by Christians * The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe , a book by Colm Tóibín * The Sign of the Cross (film) , directed by Cecil B. DeMille * Sign of the Cross …   Wikipedia

  • The Sign of the Cross — The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe is a non fiction book published in 1994 by Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. In the book, Tóibín describes successive Holy Weeks spent in Poland, Seville, Bavaria, Rome, and the Balkans and reflects on… …   Wikipedia

  • The Sign of the Cross (film) — Infobox Film name = The Sign of the Cross caption = director = Cecil B. DeMille producer = Cecil B. DeMille writer = Sidney Buchman Waldemar Young Wilson Barrett (play) starring =Fredric March Elissa Landi Claudette Colbert Charles Laughton music …   Wikipedia

  • Sign of the Cross (novel) — Infobox Book name = Sign of the Cross title orig = translator = image caption = author = Chris Kuzneski illustrator = cover artist = country = USA language = English series = genre = Thriller publisher = Jove Books pub date = 2006 english pub… …   Wikipedia

  • cross, sign of the — ▪ Christian ritual       a gesture of ancient Christian origin by which a person blesses himself, others, or objects. St. Cyprian (Cyprian, Saint) explained the ritual in the 3rd century by reference to Christ s redemptive death on the cross. The …   Universalium

  • Sign of the horns — A demonstration of the Sign of the Horns The sign of the horns is a hand gesture with a variety of meanings and uses in various cultures. It is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with… …   Wikipedia

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