The hand traces a cross, from forehead to chest, from shoulder to shoulder, with the words, "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
A recent book, The Sign of the Cross (Loyola Press, 2004), tells how its author, Bert Ghezzi, made a resolution to do the Sign of the Cross more thoughtfully and reverently.
To his surprise, his life changed, with many practical consequences - it felt like "tapping into a powerful divine energy".
His book says the Sign of the Cross should be:
(1) a sign of the Christian belief that God is a Trinity, three Persons in one divine Nature;
(2) a public declaration of being a follower of Christ;
(3) a reminder that suffering is a normal part of Christian life.
ARNOLD JAGO (DR)