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The Sign of the Cross

13th February, 2017

At the beginning of every year, our office holds a day for required in-servicing in Workplace Health and Safety, Student Protection and ICT Code of Practice. This is a day the whole of our CEO office get together and we always commence the day with prayer.

This year our prayer centered on The Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit 

Amen

I thought I would share some insights from Catholic Exchange website: http://catholicexchange.com  

The sign of the Cross is a simple gesture yet a profound expression of faith or both Catholic and Orthodox Christians. As Catholics it is something we do when we enter a church and every time we pray.

But what exactly are we doing?

We open ourselves to grace. As a sacramental, the Sign of the Cross prepares us for receiving God’s blessing.

We commit our whole selves to Christ. In moving our hands from our foreheads to our hearts and then both shoulders, we are asking God’s blessing for our mind, our passions and desires, our very bodies.

We affirm the Trinity. In invoking the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we are affirming our belief in the triune God.

We confess our faith. In affirming our belief in the Incarnation, the crucifixion and the Trinity, we are making a sort of mini- confession of faith in words and gestures.

We reaffirm our baptism. In using the same words with which we were baptised, the Sign of the Cross is a ‘summing up and re-acceptance of our baptism’.

We witness to others. As a gesture often made in public, the Sign of the Cross is a simple way to witness our faith to others.

Fr Mike Schmitz shares with us 3 things to know about the Sign of the Cross.

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