Catholics are not the only religion that uses the Sign of the Cross. Most Anglicans, Orthodox, Lutherans and some other Protestant denominations use it. However, Catholics are the only ones who routinely use it outside of Church services in personal prayer. It is a form of prayer especially when the words 'In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit' are said while making the sign.
I believe the four points of the cross they make are supposed to stand for "father, son, holy, ghost"
St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386 A.D.:Be not ashamed of the cross of Christ . . . but openly seal it upon your forehead, that the devils may behold the royal sign and flee trembling far away. Make this sign at eating and drinking, at sitting, at lying down, at rising up, at speaking, at working.
When the Gospel is announced, Catholics make a small sign of the cross on their foreheads, their lips, and their chest.
no!! only catholics do, like me :)
The Sign of the Cross
Possibly because Protestants feel that Genuflection is a superstitious response by worshippers having seen the Priest give the sign of the blessing in the name of the Triune God. As the cross is empty Christ no longer being there, it is not considered seemly to make the sign of the cross as this possibly disrespects the risen Christ - although to Orthodox and Roman Catholics it is presumably a sign of respect.
It is in respect and adoration for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The answer is.... NO. Christians, pentocostal, jehovah witnesses and other religions also use the 'holycross'.
Christians used to make the sign of the cross in order to identify themselves to other Christians. the sign of the cross represents christ. Some believers, while making the sign of the cross say to themselves: open mind (when the touch their forehead), open heart (when they touch their chest) and open arms (when they touch their shoulders). The sign of the cross symbolizes three persons in one God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The sign of the cross is a practice in the Catholic faith. Catholicism is a branch of Christianity. Therefore, Christians do make the sign of the cross.
Christians make the sign of the cross at the start of a prayer or at the end of a prayer.
There is nothing in the Bible that says a Christian has to make the sign of the cross. Making the sign of the cross is a man made tradition and has no Biblical basis or meaning. Additionally, some 'born again' Christians do make the sign of the cross.
Before the Gospel reading Catholics cross tehir forehead as a sign of belief in God's word; then the lips to always proclaim God's word; then the breast to keep God's word in their hearts
Rey Mysterio is catholic because he makes the sign of the cross- only catholics do that.
Not often, the method of prayer is very different from Catholics. For example, protestants never repeat prayers so they always improvise and speak from the heart.
From St. Cyril of Jerusalem (+386)Be not ashamed of the cross of Christ . . . but openly seal it upon your forehead, that the devils may behold the royal sign an flee trembling far away. Make this sign at eating and drinking, at sitting, at lying down, at rising up, at speaking, at working. -opinion of a Catholic: from the earliest times, we have been urged to use the sign of the cross always and everywhere to witness to our faith in Our Blessed Lord, and His Sacred Passion upon the Cross. Roman Catholics should use the sign of the cross everywhere to witness to their faith in God. They are not trying to offend people, "people" will get offended at almost anything, Catholics should witness their faith - I, and everyone I know, always say grace before eating, whether in a cafeteria - in a hospital, or in a restaurant, or even in a fast food place, and I (and they) always cross themselves before asking a blessing on our food.
By the sign of the Holy Cross + (make a small sign of the cross in the forehead) Protect us from our enemies + (make a small sign of the cross in front of mouth) O Lord.+ (make a small sign of the cross by the chest area) + (regular sign of the cross) In the Name of the Father, + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Place index finger over the thumb forming a cross and say) + I Kiss the bottom of the crosses feet. (and kiss the area of the bottom thumb)
Since we are entering a sacred place, many will make the sign of the cross before entering church, and the water they sign with has been blessed. We use water as a sign of new life with and in Jesus so that we might be will be spiritually renewed.
To make the sign of the cross before the Gospel is a sign of respect for God and his Son. To make the sign of the cross, touch the top of your head when saying "Father", your lower shoulder when saying "Son", the left shoulder when saying "holy", and the right shoulder when saying "spirit."
When some Catholics kiss their fingers after making the sign of the cross, they are symbolically kissing a cross formed by placing the thumb and forefinger at right angles. This is an ancient gesture of devotion, implying a humble acceptance of oneâ??s own cross, in imitation of Jesus.
I don't know for sure, but some of his personal mannerisms seem to indicate that he is Catholic. RGIII makes the sign of the cross after every touchdown and other times on the football field. I would think it would be unique if a Baptist would make the sign of the cross. The only religious groups that I'm familiar with that makes the sign of the cross are Catholics and High Anglicans (Church of England). The orthodox Churches also make the sign of the cross, but opposite to the Catholics and Anglicans. Baylor is a Baptist College. I would think non-Baptists can attend Baylor. Non-Catholics attend Notre Dame and all Jesuit colleges and high schools. Historically, Baptists have been virulent anti-Catholics, primarily because of the Catholic Pope. I've read that the anti-catholic fever reached an all-time high with Baptists when JFK ran for President. Now with Romney running for President, the Baptists are at it again. I had a Southern Baptist friend from Oklahoma tell me once that when he was a child, the Catholics were considered idol and devil worshipers and the Pope was the anti-Christ. Amazing!!
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That is the Sign of the Cross. The fingers of the right hand are placed on the forehead (In the name of the Father) then center of chest ( ..and of the Son) then left and right shoulder ( ..and of the Holy spirit) followed by the word "Amen". the kissing is not done, but if the sign is made with a blessed article such as rosary beads or crucifix, then the article is often kissed as a sign of reverence.
Water is used to make the sign of the cross.
This is done as a sign of respect. Catholics believe that the Eucharist is really the Body and Blood of Christ, and the Eucharist is kept in the tabernacle of the Church. Whenever Catholics cross in front of the tabernacle they are supposed to genuflect as a sign of respect for Christ. Since the tabernacle "is to be situated 'in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor,'" it is usually right in the center, making it so when you pass by a Church, you are crossing in front of the tabernacle (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1183). The only difference is that there is now a set of doors between you and the Blessed Sacrament. Therefore, Catholics should show the same sign of respect to Christ in the Eucharist whether there are doors in between them and the Eucharist or not.
Catholics pray like other Christians do. However, they usually make the sign of the cross before and after a prayer. They also have many forms of pray that can be prayed: Mass, the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, etc.
Roman Catholic AnswerCatholics believe in Our Blessed Savior, who was a child, and died on the Cross, so, of course they would believe in the Cross, and in Sto Nino.