sign of the Cross

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From early times the sign of the Cross has been used to sanctify actions in daily life, as an encouragement in temptation and trial, and as a means of mutual recognition in times of persecution. It is also employed in Baptism and Confirmation, and its use was extended to the liturgical blessing of people and things. It is now made by drawing the right hand from forehead to breast, then from shoulder to shoulder, returning to the centre.

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