Sign of the Cross: Biblical Roots
Everything you want to know in life is in the Bible. As having my Christian roots in Catholicism, I did not know the Sign of the Cross was referenced in the Bible. Yes, I still bow my head when the name of Jesus is said. I never take Holy Communion in my hand. I am old school. But I never learned the Bible in nine years of Catholic School. Not until I went to a Baptist women Bible Study did I understand what the Bible means. Wow, I am just learning after 6 decades of life.
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Pray continually, Paul urged the Thessalonians. The early church fathers took this one step further: continually make the sign of the cross.
“In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting on our shoes, at the bath, at the table, in lighting our candles, in lying down, in sitting down, whatever employment occupies us, we mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross,” wrote Tertullian at the turn of the third century, A.D. In the fourth century, St. John Chrysostom (apparently anticipating an American Express slogan) wrote, “never leave home without making the sign of the cross.”
Andreopoulos and Ghezzi find in the sign of the cross a symbol of baptism, protection, profession of faith, defiance of the Devil, invocation of God’s power, solidarity with the church, and a rebuke of self-indulgence—to name a few.
The origins of the sign are unknown; as Andreopoulos points out: “our information is sparse because this ancient practice emerged naturally, as something that made sense to most Christians.” The earliest descriptions, such as Tertullian’s, indicate that the cross was made with one finger—probably the thumb—on the forehead in the shape of a Hebrew T or a Greek X, letters that stood for names of God and Christ. Presumably, early Christians were taking their cues from passages in Genesis 4:15, Ezekiel 9:4, and Revelation 14:1 and 22:4 that describe a mark on the forehead as a sign of God’s claim on a person.
“The spiritual weight of the sign has always been the same,” Andreopoulos writes. “In texts from Tertullian and Origen to Kosmas and Aitolos, it is a blessing, a prayer, a proclamation of the Christian identity, a living mystery, and an acceptance of the role that God has given us.”
“Whether I sign myself silently or with the invocation [of ‘in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’],” writes Ghezzi, “it helps me to look beyond the mundane things I have to do every day … and focus on God and on the greater part of reality, the part that is spiritual and invisible.”
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Presidential Debate 2016: Donald Trump Vs Hillary Clinton.
Over 100 million people projected to view tonight’s best reality show EVER! I have decided to view at home. May the best man win!
Donald Trump 2016!
First Presidential Debate: Rules and format
Presidential debate 2016: Five things to watch in Monday night’s showdown
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Donald Trump Gets A Philly Cheesesteak At Geno’s.
I really like to know what kind Donald Trump got. Now, I guess he couldn’t hang out and eat it with all that Secret Service around. This is at 9th and Wharton people. Trump had a rally in Chester tonight. Geno’s Steaks Adopts English-Only Ordering Policy!
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Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton
I cannot believe Hillary Clinton really did let this comedian dissect her like this. Was this preset? Unbelievable.
Donald Trump POTUS had inserted a tweet about it. I Cannot wait for Monday’s first presidential debate. NFL Football ratings will take a huge hit. This will be the best Reality TV of the year.
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Race Riots Now Playing in Charlotte, North Carolina.
One Shot In Head One Shot In Head During Protests In Uptown Charlotte
Muslims bombing last weekend now blacks looting and rioting. Obama’s legacy continues to run amuck.
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Stevie Wonder, Soul Train,Superstition , Q & A.
What a rare find this morning. Young Stevie Wonder doing a Q & A on Soul Train. He is so gifted. People were dancing on shows to music back then. This was brilliant. Look at the smiles on people faces in this era? People look happy compared to all those fake reality shows now, don’t you think? People were dancing their butts off and they were fit back then. But my favorite music television series was Solid Gold.
We will just reminisce on Young Stevie this morning. Remember, it breaks my heart to remind you Stevie was lip singing. Stevie played instruments called a Hohner Clavinet and Moog synthesizer bass. The trumpet and tenor saxophone was respectably played by Steve Madaio and Trevor Laurence. It was Stevie Wonder’s lead single, from his fifteenth album, Talking Book.
Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past
When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way
Very superstitious, wash your face and hands,
Rid me of the problem, do all that you can,
Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin’ strong,
You don’t wanna save me, sad is my song
When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way, yeh, yeh
Very superstitious, nothin’ more to say,
Very superstitious, the devil’s on his way,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass,
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past
When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer, Superstition ain’t the way, no, no, no
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Really Brad Pitt? Did you Know he was?
Found this very interesting NY times Article by Jennifer Aniston’s former bedmate. Wonder if she want a hit again with him now that he is available? Getting the “D” from Angelina. Everyone gets the D in the movie industry, no shocker here. That is why I did a google search on the subject and found this great short read! He was never on my hot list. I am a daytime soapy Y&R 32,000 posts ( just hit it this week) live blogger’s Soapcentral aspiring soap scribe. Lots of real talent comes through the daytime reels. Some of the characters do make it to the prime time scene. We just had celebratory of our 11,000 episode. I wonder what other TV drama has those number but getting off track here. I dislike Brad Pitt. So this is good stuff to read. Also, I dislike watching movies unless I am learning something. I critique it too much to enjoy it. I really do not go there viewing movies. Longer than one hour is way to much for me to handle. Been is show business as a professional dancer, I have seen way too much. But I will give this a shot. Only giving the first sentence of his five of his blog post, You can click the entire photo for the entire article. My comments are in a ( ) after the 1-5 did you know.
1. Brad Pitt is a plant murderer. ( I assume he is lazy, wants to have living things around him but is too self-absorbed in his own ego.)
3. Brad Pitt is very aware of your opinion of celebrity opinions ( that isn’t a shocker)
4. Brad Pitt and I agree about Mel Gibson ( “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone. John 8)
5. Brad Pitt’s “I’m getting old” joke is better than yours. ( Keep up with that Plastic surgery like the rest of Hollywood, you will never look old, you just will not have facial expressions)
Brad Pitt’s Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Ahmad Khan Rahami Bomber, NYC ,Chelsea, Suspect Caught in Linden, NJ, Shootout with Police.#bluelivesmatter,#nycbomber
Brilliant work, start talking now Bomber, you got your alive ass caught real quick. All in the same area top of the families chicken store in Elizabeth, New Jersey . All vehicles have GPS now. I worked up in that area exit 12 A on the NJ turnpike. Very densely populated area, Good people. Suspect was said running after taking shots at a police car. 5’6″,200 lbs. He was being seen sleeping in an entrance somewhere. Great work to the #bluelivesmatter
Live Updates: Suspected Chelsea Bomber Rahami Arrested In New Jersey After Shootout
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Ahmad Khan Rahami Sought in NYC Area Bombings Wanted FBI. #AhmadKhan,
FBI placed a wanted for questioning out right before am rush hour after bombing in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Suspect is a Naturalized Citizen From Afghanistan. But I have never heard a breakaway news from Obama, to assure the US Citizens not to be afraid. I live in New Jersey. Gov. Christie where are you? Please stay visible. New Jersey people need to see you please! I really cannot go through another 9/11.
Obama Announces A Plan To Bring In Up To Four Times As Many Syrian Refugees In 2017
That is right, try and get them all in all those non vetted referees, before the end on your 8 years of terror. Gloves are off now. I am full blast. I love my Country. I watched the Memorial of 9/11 being disrespected again even after its 15th anniversary! SEC Hillary Clinton you laid the foundation for the Arab Spring. Hillary Clinton assistant : Huma Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood Ties!
Five bombs found in package at N.J. train station, one explodes as robot examines it
While I went to sleep.
Where is the Leader of the Free World’s opinion on this? Shhhhhhhh
From Our Next 2 Term President’s remarks on the Bombings, Donald Trump!
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