Sign of the Cross


sign-of-the-cross Yesterday as I was sitting in the day chapel waiting to go to confession I noticed something that I have seen before but it never really registered with me until then.

What I noticed was there are three types of the sign of the cross. Just like the three little bears and the portage being too cold, to hot and just right, there are three types of the sign of the cross. I have names them:

1. The Morse Code

2. The Wake up

3. The Just right

Each one has a unique look and feel. The Morse code sign of the cross looks as if the person is sending some sort of coded message to someone else in the church. It starts out ok, a full touch to the forehead but then goes to the breast and three rapid tabs and done. So it’s a dash than three dots, – … , That would translate to T, S. Not sure what that means, but that is the message.

The second is Wake up; this one starts out with a slow deliberate moving hand to the forehead, a touch and hold and hold and hold. You get the feeling that the person forgot what to do next or fell asleep before they moved on to the breast than the left and right. Often times you feel like yelling “Wake UP!”

The last one is Just right, a fine balance between a speed sign of the cross and a snail pace sign of the cross. It seems most people do this one, but I have not spent a lot of time observing different methods. Your assignment is to list below the different types of the sign of the cross you observe.

God Bless

Paul

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