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From https://iconreader.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/what-does-this-hand-gesture-mean-in-icons/ The fingers spell out “IC XC”, a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC). It is by the name of Jesus that we are saved and receive blessings: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and ...


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Well, I am not catholic, but there seem to be a question that fascinated and perplexed many of the early Church fathers. Justin Martyr addressed the baptism of Jesus, as a sign that He is manifested as the Christ, a sign for the Church first, and then the world. Now, we know that he did not go to the river because He stood in need of baptism, or of ...


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But can you say that that is absolutely and exclusive or do you have to leave an opening because we don't always know the ways of God? Current teaching leans more toward the latter than the former ... but the simplest (and arguably the best) way would be through Christ. (CCC 1987 - 2029 is a discourse to that effect, in detail, as is the treatment ...


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Catholicism does not necessarily believe that there was a single moment at which Christ redeemed us: Christ’s whole life is a mystery of redemption. Redemption comes to us above all through the blood of his cross [cf. Eph 1:7; Col 1:13–14; 1 Pet 1:18–19], but this mystery is at work throughout Christ’s entire life: already in his ...


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Both Western and Eastern traditions have used this particular finger arrangement for centuries, although in the West (Roman Catholics), this particular gesture have been put aside in the last few decades. this placement of the fingers is not uniquely reserved for priests either. Dom Prosper Gueranger, OSB (1805-1875) in his monumental work The Liturgical ...


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2 Chronicles 5:13-14. The Glory of God Fills the Temple: In unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying,"He indeed is good for His ...


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According to a former Catholic archivalist this answerer interviewed, you will predominantly see two different hand positions. In Greek and Byzantine Christian art, as well as in most Eastern traditions, Christ is usually depicted with the ring finger or ring and little fingers on the thumb, and the index and middle fingers held up. In Catholic art, ...


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This answer comes from David Guzik: "Jesus fulfills the Law and the Prophets and they point to him, and he is their fulfillment." (Carson) Jesus fulfilled the doctrinal teachings of the Law and the Prophets in that He brought full revelation. Jesus fulfilled the predictive prophecy of the Law and the Prophets in that He is the Promised One, ...



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