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cross to the left--cross to the right--up or down?

I was told Eastern Churches cross one way, while western Catholics cross another way? Is this correct? Is there a specific way to cross? Does it not count if you cross the wrong way?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:04 PM on Sep. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Up down left right for Catholics
    sweetmoonem

    Answer by sweetmoonem at 6:40 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • The Sign of the Cross is not only an action, but a statement of faith itself. In this simple gesture one is not only making a sign of our redemption, the Cross, but is also expressing faith in the Blessed Trinity. It was with this simple action that the faithful of the early Church fortified themselves despite difficult times. Tertullian, writing in the third century, tells us that Christians made the Sign of the Cross upon rising, as they were dressing, upon entering or leaving their houses, on going to the bath, on sitting down at the table, on lighting their lamps, in fact, at the beginning of every action. St. Augustine tells us that "It is by the sign of the Cross that the Body of the Lord is consecrated, that baptismal fonts are sanctified, that priests and other ranks in the Church are admitted to their respective orders, and everything that is to be made holy is consecrated by the sign of our Lord's cross, with the inv
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:10 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • The original Sign of the Cross was likely a "mini-cross" made by tracing a cross on the forehead, lips, or breast with the thumb, much like the custom today of doing so before the Gospel is read. It is difficult to determine exactly when the current custom of blessing oneself with a large cross going forehead to breast and then from shoulder to shoulder came about. Historical records in this regard are open to multiple interpretations and Church historians have divergent views on the subject. That the written record is unclear on the subject is to be expected, since such a custom would more likely be taught by example than by written instruction. It is likely that this large cross was first used in formal blessings by the clergy starting sometime during the Arian controversy of the fourth century and then eventually adopted by the laity. Clearly written instructions for using the large cross form to bless oneself appear by the
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:10 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • In the West, one then proceeds from the left shoulder to the right shoulder to finish the Sign of the Cross. The left in this case is usually associated with death and darkness, while the right symbolizes truth and light. Thus the action represents the transition from misery to glory, from death to life, and from hell to paradise. As Christ passed from death to life and sits at the right hand of the Father (left to right), so too may we pass from death to life in Christ through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit. In Eastern Christian traditions, the opposite direction is taken. One proceeds from the right to the left, so the symbolism is somewhat different.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:11 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Sorry the direction seems to be Up down left right
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:14 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch.

    beeky

    Answer by beeky at 6:51 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • sweetmoonem
    Up down left right for Catholics
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    thanks
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:53 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • LOL It took me a second to figure out what you were talking about. For a second I was thinking of square dancing. LOL.

    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 7:37 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Beeky LMBO!!!
    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 7:38 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • beeky
    Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch.
    __

    always some sort of asinine a$$hole who has to make fun because she is jealous .

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:45 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

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