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To: Klondike

"I also believe that they were responsible for altering the sign of the cross from right to left shoulder to left to right shoulder"

Really? Huh, I'd never heard that. Our priest once told us that the way the West makes the sign of the cross, left to right, is actually the way the priest makes the cross when he blesses the people in front of him. I watched him and sure enough, it is! Maybe the Visigoths got confused? :)

"( I have done it the Greek way now so long that I can get confused)"

I just succeeded in doing it the Western way...took a few seconds to get the hang of it!


28 posted on 01/28/2007 4:14:27 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis; Klondike; NYer; annalex; jo kus
Klondike: "I also believe that they were responsible for altering the sign of the cross from right to left shoulder to left to right shoulder"

Kolo: Maybe the Visigoths got confused? :)

But it's still a sign of the cross! That's what matters.

[nb: earliest Christians probably did not make such a sign; they didn't even call themsleves Christians]

In fact, Latins used to use three fingers (open fashion) before going to the "full hand."

36 posted on 01/28/2007 7:02:01 PM PST by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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