Crossing with three fingers
- Shlomo all,
I would like to ask the following:
1. When did Christians begin to cross themselves with three fingers? (since the times of the Apostles or later?)
2. Is it true that there are differences (position of fingers) in making the sign of the cross among Syrian Orthodox Church, Coptic Church, and Greek Church?
3. How many times in the year are fasts observed in the Syrian Orthodox Church?
- Greetings to All
Tradition is where Christianity and the Bible came from, and
Tradition is what Orthodoxy stuck to, and tradition is what the Lord
passed onto us.
See what our Holy Fathers Says.....
St. Epiphanius (c. 315-403 AD):
He says of a woman exposed to sin that she signed herself in the name
of Christ; for she was Christian. [He then mentions recourse being
had to magic to seduce her, and observes:] This was the third
circumstance that taught him that the power of magic availed not
against the name of Christ, and the sign (seal) of the cross" (T I.
Adv. Haeres.) He also mentions a case of madness described as being
cured by the sign of the cross.
St. Macarius of Egypt (c. 300-c. 390 AD):
"After the sign of the cross,grace immediately thus operates, and
composes all the members and the heart, so that the soul from its
abounding gladness seems as a youth that knows not evil" (Rom. ix. p.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem:
"Let us not then be ashamed to confess the
crucified. Let the cross become our seal, made with boldness by our
fingers upon the forehead, oil every thing on the bread we eat,
and the cups we drink; in our comings in and goings out; before
sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are walking and
when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is gratuitous, for
the poor's sake ; without toil for the sake of the weak ; since also
its grace is from God; it is the sign of the faithful and the dread
of devils. For He has triumphed over them in it, having exposed
there confidently in open show (Colos. ii. 15). For when they see the
cross they are reminded of the crucified: they are afraid of Him who
has bruised the heads of the dragon. Do not despise the seal, because
it is a free gift, but for this the rather honor the benefactor"
(Catech. vi. n. 36).
In Our Lords love
--- In SOR-Forum@y..., Mor Efraim ben Avraham <mor_efraim@y...> wrote:
> Shlomo all,
> I would like to ask the following:
> 1. When did Christians begin to cross themselves with three
fingers? (since the times of the Apostles or later?)
> 2. Is it true that there are differences (position of fingers) in
making the sign of the cross among Syrian Orthodox Church, Coptic
Church, and Greek Church?
> 3. How many times in the year are fasts observed in the Syrian
> Thank you.
> Rudolf A.Luhukay