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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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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!

Robot accidentally detonate bomb at Elizabeth NJ train station

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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