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The gesture you describe is indeed the Sign of the Cross. Making that gesture is called "crossing oneself". The Sign of the Cross is called a sacramental. These are "sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church." [CCC 1667] When ...


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The Brown Scapular devotion is one thing, and the Little Office of Our Lady another. To practise the Brown Scapular devotion, and benefit from Our Lady's magnificent promise, one must be enrolled in the Scapular by a priest and persevere in wearing it. On this website you will see the difference between the Scapular promise and the Sabbatine Privilege. It is ...


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Below are some links for a comprehensive "Bible study" about the doctrines and devotions of Catholic Marian theology. They also include many passages from the writings of early Church Fathers. I also highly recommend reading "Hail, Holy Queen" written by Dr. Scott Hahn. The first 6 links establish a foundation for the Catholic doctrines pertaining to the ...


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Some early forms of Rosary were known before 1200, although they were probably not as popular as from 13th century on. Jesus prayer popular in Orthodox church was definitely known. Angelus is prayed outside monasteries since 13th century. Way of the Cross is even younger. Wikipedia article on novena is a stub and brief search didn't find anything much ...


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You should try to attend church regularly. I find that at church, I get an opportunity to learn more about God as well as myself, and that is, after all, another step towards becoming a true follower of God--to learn in what ways you and God are the same, and in what ways you are different. Beyond that, to actively listen to what is taught at church--the ...


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Ok. I don't know if this will be an appropriate answer, because I have not had the time to dig deeply into finding any expert Catholic writings on this specifically. Pope Pius XII's Encyclical HAURIETIS AQUAS on devotion to the Sacred Heart is about the closest I can find in the near term, but I have not read it fully to see if it addresses your question ...


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Seek God and He will reveal Himself to you. The Bible tells us what separates us from God and what brings us closer to Him. Sin separates us from God. We are commanded to purify ourselves of all sin. Reading the Bible brings is closer to God, through faith. But alternatively to these things, Jesus says that if you obey my commands and my command is that ...


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Here's a little more info about the Little Office of Our Lady. Hope it helps fill out the Wikipedia article. It's a truncated form of the Divine Office which, in its traditional form, consists of the eight traditional canonical Hours (Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline). Each hour is much like the Roman Office in its structure -- ...


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The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary have been intimately related to one another ever since the moment of Incarnation. Most parents know, especially Mothers, that if there is one thing that connects them to their child, it is the heart. Faithful Christians throughout the Church's history have deductively assimilated the connective ...


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This question has been explored by Harald Haarmann in the peer-reviewed academic journal ReVision. You may need subscription to read the whole article. Many libraries have subscription to many academic, peer-reviewed journals, so if you are a member of a library, then you may access the online article or look at the article at the library. Anyway, according ...


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The Sign of the Cross combines the Trinitarian formula "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost", which Christ commanded to be used for baptism, with the cross, by which Christ obtained for us the possibility of baptism for the remission of our sins.


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My best understanding on the matter: The word consecration can mean a number of things. In the most basic sense, it's a setting apart of something for a purpose. The significance and meaning of a particular consecration is dictated by the consecrator, the consecrated thing, the consecrated purpose. In any and all cases of consecration, it is my belief that ...



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