sign of the cross


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sign of the cross

n.
In Christianity, a sign made by tracing the outline of a cross with the right hand as a devotional act or to invoke a blessing.
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sign of the cross

n
(Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church a gesture in which the right hand is moved from the forehead to the breast and from the left shoulder to the right to describe the form of a cross in order to invoke the grace of Christ
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sign′ of the cross′


n.
a ceremonial movement of the hand to indicate the Christian cross.
[1250–1300]
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Noun1.sign of the cross - a gesture with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith
motion, gesture - the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
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References in classic literature ?
When he took grandmother's hand, he bent over it as he always did, and said slowly, `Good woman!' He made the sign of the cross over me, put on his cap and went off in the dark.
I had but to make the sign of the cross, sprinkle some holy water upon them, and call them by their sweet secret names, and the whole rout had been off to the woods, with mad gambol and song, before the eyes of the astonished farmer.
"Then he said, 'Well, let us wait that hour.' And signing himself with the sign of the cross, he laid his head on the pillow, and falling into a slumber ended his life so in silence."
By the sign of the Cross I will burn them to-morrow before the day over."
He embraced Kitty, kissed her face, her hand, her face again and made the sign of the cross over her.
When we started, the crowd round the inn door, which had by this time swelled to a considerable size, all made the sign of the cross and pointed two fingers towards me.
But the old lady, before Parfen had time to touch her, raised her right hand, and, with three fingers held up, devoutly made the sign of the cross three times over the prince.
D'Artagnan knelt as well as the rest, received his share of the benediction and made the sign of the cross; but when Bazin passed in his turn, with his eyes raised to Heaven and walking, in all humility, the very last, D'Artagnan pulled him by the hem of his robe.
Or aid the sign of the cross which the Acadians continually made upon their breasts, and which was abhorred by the descendants of the Puritans,--did that sign exclude all pity?
God is my witness," and she made the sign of the cross, "I love her so much, and all of you, only Vera...
"I said, 'Nay, as long as I can make the sign of the cross with that arm' (Gryphus was a Roman Catholic), 'I laugh at the devil.'"
He got his food at the back door, carried it in both hands carefully to his outhouse, and, sitting alone on his pallet, would make the sign of the cross before he began.