The Sign of the Cross

A good way to begin your day is with the Sign of the Cross... it is a prayer.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

sign of the cross

Signum Crucis

In nómine Patris et Fílii et Spíritus Sancti. Amen.

Catholics should begin and end their prayers with the sign of the cross and should cross themselves when passing a church, upon entering a church, and after receiving Communion.

Using your right hand, touch your forehead at the mention of the Father; the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son; and the left shoulder on the word "Holy" and the right shoulder on the word "Spirit."

This prayer strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.

It is often made by athletes before a match, students before an exam, or any time when a person needs courage or protection.

holy water

Holy water is "water blessed by the priest with solemn prayer, to beg God's blessing on those who use it, and protection from the powers of darkness."

It is a catholic custom to make the sign of the cross with holy water when we enter church.

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