sign of the cross

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.

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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 — sign′ of the cross′ n. rel a ceremonial movement of the hand to indicate the Christian cross • Etymology: 1250–1300 …   From formal English to slang

  • sign of the cross — n. an outline of a CROSS (sense 5a) made symbolically by a movement of the hand or fingers …   English World dictionary

  • 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 with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑gesture, ↑motion * * * : a gesture of the hand forming a cross; especially : such a motion from one s forehead to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sign of the cross —    This term refers to the cross, the instrument of Jesus execution, which has become a symbol ofChristianity. The sign of the cross is used in many liturgical blessings; moreover, individuals often sign themselves while saying: In the name of… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • sign of the cross — noun the movement of the right hand from the forehead to the breast and then from one shoulder to the other so as to trace out the form of a cross; made with religious purpose by Christians …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Sign of the Cross —    See Cross …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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