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HOLY MARTYRS ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH

MONTHLY FEATURE - SEPTEMBER 2014

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS


EVERY MONTH IN THIS SECTION, WE FEATURE A SEGMENT OF THE HOLY MARTYRS ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF ENCINO.  AN EDUCATIONAL.  THIS MONTH, WE FEATURE THE PROTOCOLS AND SIGNIFICANCE IN MAKING THE "SIGN OF THE CROSS" UPON ENTRY AND EXIT OF THE CHURCH.  IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION YOU'D LIKE ADDRESSED IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE EMAIL US AT HMARTYRS@YAHOO.COM AND WE'LL DO OUR BEST FEATURE IT NEXT MONTH.


MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS


Making the sign of the cross is repeated often in the Armenian Church, as it is in all the Eastern Churches. The holy sign of the cross, as

a reminder of the life-giving suffering and sacrifice of the Lord, has been from the earliest times a sacred object of veneration. A special power is attributed to the use of this holy sign. It is the sacred symbol of Christ and the holy emblem of the Christian religion as a whole. Crossing oneself with three fingers signifies blessing oneself in the name of the Holy Trinity. It means also professing one’s faith as a follower of the One Who was crucified. It is at the same time an expression of readiness to bear one’s own cross as a good soldier of Christ.


The sign of the Cross is made when entering the church and on these occasions during the Divine Liturgy:

  • After each instance of bowing.
  • When doxology (Park Hor), that is to say, “Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit” is being said or sung.
  • When the sacred name of our Lord is being solemnly invoked.
  • At the beginning of the reading of the Gospel.
  • When peace or blessing is being given by the priest with the words: “Peace unto all” (Khaghaghootune Amenetsoon).
  • When a deacon or the priest swings the censer towards your direction.
  • When the most sacred and the central words of the Divine Liturgy are being spoken: “Take, eat, this is my body …” and “Drink ye all, this is my blood …”
  • When kissing the Gospel and leaving the church.


HOW TO MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS


Join the thumb, index and middle fingers of the right hand at the tips.


Bend the ring and little fingers into the palm at ease.


Touch the forehead with the tips of three joined fingers saying: “In the name of the Father …”


Next touch the middle of the chest, saying: “and of the Son …”


Then touch first the left and then the right sides near the shoulders saying: “and of the Holy Spirit …”


Finally, open your hand and put it on your heart, saying: “Amen.”

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