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How to cross yourself

It is customary to cross oneself when invoking the Trinity, before and after prayer, and at other times, which you can learn by observing other people in your church. You can also cross yourself when you need to pray but you are at a loss for words.

If you are a Protestant, don’t get all huffy and say, “We don’t cross ourselves.” You may be surprised. I have seen black Baptists crossing themselves.

Preparation

Use your right hand, even if you are left-handed. Hold your thumb and first two fingers together, and fold the other two fingers down against the base of your thumb.

Crossing Yourself Western Style

This style is used by Anglicans, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics:

Crossing Yourself Eastern Style

This style is used by Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Christians:

The Symbolism