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Are Catholics supposed to make the sign of the Cross during the Sanctus?

I have noticed that during the Sanctus prayer at mass, there will be a few Catholics (typically those that I would identify as being more “trad”) make the sign of the cross when “Benedictus” is sung. ...
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Why Don't Protestants Cross Themselves?

Most Protestants (excluding a majority of Lutherans and Anglicans), don't cross themselves. What is the basis behind this?
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How does the Catholic Church explain the term “the Son”: in the Sign of the Cross as well as in Matthew 28:19?

We read at Mtt 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In the Sign of the Cross we take the name of ...
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What is the history behind the tradition of making the sign of the cross?

Catholics make the sign of the cross by touching the forehead then the chest then lest side then the right then bringing two hands together. My question What is the history behind the tradition of ...
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Why do we have to make the Sign of the Cross physically?

Every time we go to the church, we can make like multiple signs of the cross during the mass. Is it wrong if I make my sign of the cross by just speaking or with my mind other than doing it repeatedly ...
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Biblical Prophecy about Sign of the Cross?

Is there any Biblical prophecy mentioning that there will be a sign of the cross put in the sky? Either in the Old Testament or the Book of Revelation?
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Why did this frustrated person make the sign of the cross in front of me? [closed]

I was working in the bakery of a supermarket. One day, I was helping a customer with something. She wanted a pumpkin pie. It wasn't available on the floor. So, I went to the freezer and found a frozen ...
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How do I know when to cross myself during Mass (Novus Ordo)?

I've been going to Catholic (Latin Rite) Mass my whole life and am constantly surprised by the different times that people will cross themselves during the Liturgy. I only do it when the Priest says ...
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Was the full Sign of the Cross prevalent in entire Catholic Church?

As a member of the Syrian Rite Catholic Church, I was taught to make a full Sign of the Cross while entering the church, while starting a long prayer etc. While the sign made is similar to the one ...
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Is it appropriate (as a Catholic) to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church?

It is an old tradition in Catholicism to make the sign of the cross when passing a Catholic church, as a sign of respect to the Eucharist contained in the tabernacle, located within the Church. I am ...
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What Prayer/words are associated with the solemn sign of the cross?

With the normal sign of the cross you are supposed to say "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit/Ghost" as you trace the cross on your body. The solemn sign of the cross is the ...
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Is there a 'correct' pattern for Anglicans and/or Roman Catholics when crossing yourself?

Some Anglicans 'cross themselves' at various points of an Anglican church service. It is common practice for Roman Catholics. Is there in standard Roman Catholic or Anglican catachesis / instruction ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why does the laity (and sometimes the priest) cross themselves 3 time before the Gospel is read? Like holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, and unlike bowing at the mention of the Incarnation ...
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Why did this Early Version of the Watchtower Magazine include Crosses, and what do these other Symbols on the Magazine Represent?

The following is "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, October 1, 1907." I was under the impression that symbols (especially crosses) were not allowed in the church. "Jehovah's ...
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When and why did blessing by the sign of the cross begin? [duplicate]

This post is a counterpart to this question: Is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves with the Cross?. Among the Christians who bless using the sign of the cross, is it known when ...
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Is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves and impart blessings with the Cross?

Among the Christians who make the sign of the cross [cf. this @fredsbend's answer], is it known when and why Christians began to sign themselves with the Cross? The best answer will also include when ...
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Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross at the Eucharist?

I know that no where in the Catholic Rite of Communion does it state that the communicant must make the sign of the cross after reception of the Eucharist in either species. So why is it that so many ...
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