What type of religion is represented with this sign language?

@cream97 (29166)
United States
February 13, 2009 12:35am CST
What type of religion is represented using an touch/tap on the forehead, then next are the shoulders, left and right. . It is like it forms a cross. I have seen many people initiate this sign language. What type of Christianity is represented here? It is done very quickly and with little effort. If you know what I am referring to please give me your statement on this.
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@mmiceli (382)
13 Feb 09
It's actually a catholic thing.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Yes, that is exactly what it is! Thanks for the reminder!
@justinus (1110)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
15 Feb 09
Hi, sorry, I dont believe that she didnt know that sign !
• United States
13 Feb 09
I believe Lutheran's also do so during the sermon. I'm not sure they do quite as the Catholics do. I grew up Catholic so we did it as a part of the service.
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@sid556 (30997)
• United States
13 Feb 09
They do that in the catholic religion. It is the sign of the father, the son and the holy ghost. it is done at the end of prayer.
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
13 Feb 09
yes you are right.its a form of a cross.this is christian catholic.
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@cambiste (1244)
• India
13 Feb 09
I thought all christians did that. I guess its only for Roman Catholics then. It means: in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. We use it before we start to pray, eat, enter or leave a church. Happy mylotting.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Well no... I only see certain people do it. I never do it.. I have tried it.. But, I felt like I was wrong for imitating it.. I don't think that all christians do this..
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@cambiste (1244)
• India
13 Feb 09
I see. I didn't know that. I think its part of the Rosary then. We call it the sign of the cross. You'll see a catholic priest using the sign of the cross very often - when baptizing a baby, When starting the mass, when saying the rosary, when blessing someone, or before reading the bible. Its not wrong to imitate it at all! Its a form of prayer as well. When we seek blessings, elders often put the sign of the cross on our forehead as well. Syrian Catholics have a longer version for it. They make an addition small cross on their forehead, "In the sacred Sign of the cross, Save us from our enemies" before the real sign of the cross is made. I roughly translated it from my native language to English.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Yes, I am assuming that now, it is not wrong.. But when I was very young, and I never was taught to do this and I thought that by doing this, I will awaken something demonic.. That is because I did not know any better at that time.. But now that I am mature, I realize, that we all serve the same God.. People just represent him differently. It was a part of my religion and the preacher did not practice this in the church.. So, I figured it was something that other denominations would do, not the one that I was under..
• United States
13 Feb 09
its Catholicism most of the time.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_of_the_cross wikipedia seems to say its for a lot of different religions or branches of christianity but i have only seen catholics do it..
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@justinus (1110)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
15 Feb 09
Hi, let me in... I dont know, I dont believe that she didnt know this sign language... I thought American know it well...
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• United States
16 Feb 09
im surprised too
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Isn't it a part of the Catholic religion? I know I've seen them do that on tv before.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Yes, that is where I have seen it at too. On T.V, that is how I came to find out that this existed.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
13 Feb 09
The religion is Catholic. I was raised Catholic so that's how I know. Although I don't practice the religion, I still stand up for it against the awful accusations of all priests are molesters and that we, the congregation worships statues because neither is true. Yes, there have been quite a few priests who have done wrong but that's the point, THEY did the wrong not the religion. Don't let anybody tell you any different.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
13 Feb 09
This is one of the catholic rituals I grew up with a dad that was catholic and mom was baptist although I am Bahai for the past 30 years it still comes natural to do this They say old habits die hard! lol oxoxooxxo
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@littleone3 (2065)
13 Feb 09
It is what they do in the catholic religion the reason I know this is because my partner is a catholic and I have seen him do this before going into chapel.
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@lilcee (2703)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Hi cream. Not sure if this is what you are talking about, but is it Cathalic? I'm a Baptist so not sure if that is it or now.
@lilcee (2703)
• United States
15 Feb 09
Sorry, should've read the other posts. That's what happens when I go through my email to answer discussions. You can't see what other people said. I guess it's Catholic lol. Have a good day.
@redhotpogo (4435)
• United States
19 Feb 09
its not christianity, though many mistake it for that. its actually catholicism. catholics perform that little ritual.
• United States
16 Feb 09
Catholics "cross" themselves and it's also done some in the Anglican church.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I think what you mean is the sign of the cross. This is done by catholic religion. I was once a Catholic and I am familiar with this sign of the cross thing. I am just young when I attend the catholic church so i can't relate why this religion is doing this. As far as i can remember, this is not actually a sign language when youa re in their church because the priest would say it louder.. tip of the forehead is NAME OF THE FATHER, then next is down the chin which is THE SON, and both shoulders is THE HOLY SPIRIT and it ends with AMEN right on lips or a little below the nose. That is what I know about it because i was once doing it when i was young.
• United States
16 Feb 09
this is a sign used by Roman Catholics
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
15 Feb 09
Hi cream97, it's a roman catholic my dear. God bless...
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
15 Feb 09
As I'm sure many have told you before me it's the sign of the cross given by those who are Catholic. I'm sure many others who have responded have gone (or will go) into more detail with you. I'm just too tired tonight to go into further explanation. Sorry, cream :( Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@justinus (1110)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
15 Feb 09
Hello, even I was surprised that you didnt know yet this sign language, you as American... is was sound funny to me hahahaha it's catholic, and I am catholic
• United States
14 Feb 09
i don't know how many branches of christianity might/might not cross themselves,but i do know my mom does that~she's roman catholic.
13 Feb 09
Hi cream97, It is the catholics religion that use it, its not a sign language, its the sing on the cross, when they start to say their prayers or finish their their prayers, In the name of the father and of the son and the holy spirit. Hugs. Tamara xx