Fr Dimitri suggests appropriate times when we should make the sign of the cross. This article is one of a series of etiquette posts which will respectfully offer a guide to those who wish to learn more about the Greek Orthodox Church.
When to Make the Sign of the Cross:
- Whenever you feel the need
- Before and after any prayers
- When you enter and leave the Narthex and Nave
- Before you kiss an Icon, Cross, or the Gospel Book
- When you pass the Altar
- When you hear any of the following phrases;
- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Have Mercy on Us
- The words Christ, Theotokos, Panayia or Virgin Mary
- The Name of a Saint
- After the reading of the Epistle or Gospel
- Near the end of the Creed at the phrase In One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church
- Before and after the Consecration during the Divine Liturgy (when the Priest says ‘Your Own of Your Own we offer You, In every way and for every Thing’. This is the point when the Priest prays with the people for God to make the Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
- At the end of the Lord’s Prayer while the Priest says ‘For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.’
- Before and after receiving Holy Communion
- Before receiving Antidoron (The blessed bread at the end of the service).
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The content of this post was originally published by Fr. Dimitri Tsakas on the Orthodox Research Institute.
The Reverend Father Dimitri Tsakas is the Archepiscopal Vicar for Queensland, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and the Dean of the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, Brisbane in Australia. You can connect with Fr. Dimitri on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.