Definition of sign of the cross in English:

sign of the cross

phrase

  • A Christian sign made in blessing or prayer by tracing a cross from the forehead to the chest and to each shoulder, or in the air.

    ‘For example, Muslims whisper Allah's name in the baby's ear, and Christians make the sign of the cross in water on his or her forehead.’
    • ‘He frantically made the sign of the cross over his chest.’
    • ‘‘Oh no… Lord, grant him mercy,’ Katherine said, making the sign of the cross on her chest.’
    • ‘As if to authenticate the gesture, even non-Roman Catholic players have been known to finish their touchdown prayers with the sign of the cross.’
    • ‘The first in line made the sign of the cross against his chest before dropping his ballot into a clear plastic container.’
    • ‘A yellow, smoky light filtered through as the priest chanted the opening prayers and made the sign of the cross.’
    • ‘The simple version of the rosy cross is still used today in the church as the sign of the cross, done before and after all prayers and as a general blessing/banishing.’
    • ‘‘In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost’, he said raising his hand to make the sign of the cross as the congregation knelt in prayer.’
    • ‘Tony knelt down and prayed making the sign of the cross, while Jisty's parents said their own prayers.’
    • ‘John Paul II last made an appearance on Sunday, waving to about 300 hymn-singing pilgrims below and making the sign of the cross.’