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The Sign of the Cross

The central symbol of the Christian faith is the Cross.  It contains within it the sign of victory over death, the sign of love defeating hate, the sign of God defeating sin. 

It also recalls Jesus' suffering and death and reminds us that our salvation was not achieved without cost, it was not an easy victory.

When we make the sign of the Cross, we are uniting ourselves with the great sign of our faith and we are offering with our body a prayer of thanksgiving. 

We start the sign of the cross with our right, at our forehead.

We come down to just below our heart.

Then across to our LEFT shoulder

and finish at our RIGHT shoulder. 

We do not need to say anything whilst making the sign of the Cross.