Ironically the phrase hocus pocus comes from the Latin "Hoc est Corpus meum".
BTW, in your picture what is the priest using to apply the ashes? I have always seen it done with the priest's thumb.
Thank you for that information. It has definitely taken on a new connotation in today's society.
what is the priest using to apply the ashes?
Q-tip. Ashes blended with holy water form a slurry. That is what leaves such a pronounced cross.