In this 14 minute podcast, Dr. Italy discusses with Anna Mitchell the various layers of meaning of the sign of the cross, one of the biblical treasures of the Catholic tradition.
The sign of the cross is one of the hallmarks of Catholic life and prayer. Yet often it is made mechanically, even unconsciously. And if many were asked what it means, where it came from, and why it matters, they wouldn’t really have much to say.
The Sign of the Cross & Baptism
This sign actually goes back to the apostolic church of the first century and is a reminder of our baptism. As circumcision was the mark or seal of the first covenant, the sign of the cross is the outward mark or seal of the New Covenant. It is a reminder that, through the cross of Jesus Christ, we are changed, saved, and made sons and daughters of God. Initially, it is traced on the forehead of a new Christian in baptism. Later it is traced again with sacred chrism in confirmation. It is “the name of God and of the Lamb” on their foreheads that marks the 144,000 in white robes in the book of Revelation. It is sort of brand mark, designating us as God’s property and under his protection.
Rich Heritage of Catholic Tradition
The sign of the cross is just one example of the richness and depth of the Catholic Tradition. This podcast brings this gift out of the treasure chest of tradition and urges us to understand it, recover its meaning, and unlock its power in our lives.
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